Bit of a heads up on a charity ride for later on in 2012 that could combine your love of your football team with the love you have for cycling.
Registration has opened for football fans to join The Football League’s ‘Arch to Arc’ from London to Paris charity bike ride for the Help the Hospices charity this summer.
The four day ride departs from Wembley Stadium on Thursday 14 June finishing four days, and 244 miles later at the iconic Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
All of the money raised from the bike ride will go to Help the Hospices, the UK charity for Hospice care and The Football League’s Official Charity Partner for the 2011/12 season.
From Wembley the route climbs the North and South downs heading towards Portsmouth. After a ferry crossing, the ride will resume from Caen and pass through many of the lovely vineyards and picturesque villages of France before heading to the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. There is a free day at the end of the ride (on the Sunday) to explore Paris before a trip on the Eurostar back to London.
Show your true colours
Ideally, the Football League wants everyone of their 72 clubs represented on the ride, but whether you want to pedal solo or form an team with fellow supporters, the Football League is looking for riders to join. Participants are being asked to raise a minimum £1,300 in sponsorship, plus a registration fee of £99.
“The Arch to Arc bike ride is a chance for loyal fans to show their true colours and make their club proud,” said Greg Clarke, Chairman of The Football League.
“The money you raise along the way will enable hospices to keep caring for 360,000 people each year, including patients and their friends and families. That’s enough to fill Wembley stadium four times over.”
Most of all the Football League member clubs will be making out a call for their fans to join this charity ride, so look out for articles on your own clubs official site. Your club may even be supportive with suitable merchandise if you ask them.
Of course, if you do ride, wear your Football team colours with pride. More details on the ride can be found here.
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