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London ride helps promote Prostate Cancer UK & EFL ‘Football to Amsterdam’ quest

8 September 2016

The EFL’s annual charity fundraising ride to Amsterdam with Prostate Cancer UK takes place again in June 2017!

To help raise awareness for the charity and encourage more supporters to sign up to complete the challenge, a group of football fans cycled a 100-mile route around London’s league clubs.

Setting off from West Ham United’s new London Stadium in Stratford first thing, the peloton visited 12 capital-based clubs in the Premier League and EFL as well as National League Dagenham & Redbridge to promote Prostate Cancer UK’s Football to Amsterdam 2017 – the charity’s end of season football fundraiser with the EFL.

Our team of cyclists just set off from @WestHamUtd. Cycling 100 miles via London clubs. Why? https://t.co/GDbIZ9BIejpic.twitter.com/VPxe72mWGm

— Prostate Cancer UK (@ProstateUK) September 2, 2016

Pedalling around London, the group put football rivalries aside and were greeted by Buzz Bee at Griffin Park, home of Brentford, stopped for a coffee at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, while the small Spurs contingent on the ride went behind enemy lines by touching the hallowed turf of the Emirates Stadium, home of fierce rivals Arsenal.

The @ProstateUK cyclists are greeted by Buzz as they reach GP on their trip around London's football clubs! pic.twitter.com/Cn610Wo55o

— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) September 2, 2016

Queens Park Rangers Director of Football, and former Hoops and England striker Les Ferdinand, a man whose family has been affected by prostate cancer, was on hand to welcome the riders to Loftus Road, while the squad went behind the scenes at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge.

📝 #QPR's Les Ferdinand & Lee Hoos showed their support for @ProstateUK on Friday: https://t.co/RUhM0olsEHpic.twitter.com/H2gAThLi1O

— QPR FC (@QPRFC) September 7, 2016

Also on the ride were visits to South London quartet Millwall, Charlton Athletic, Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon. White Hart Lane was the penultimate stop before an east to east loop was completed at Leyton Orient.

Cyclists raising awareness of @ProstateUK arrive at our great fans club! @THSTOfficial#AFCWpic.twitter.com/uedJxEByAx

— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) September 2, 2016

The ride was the first in a series of events to promote Football to Amsterdam, a hugely popular cycle challenge, which has raised more than £1 million since 2013.

The ride has grown year on year with 2017 set to be the biggest yet. Registrations will soon be live and more information can be found at prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam.

Andy Sallnow, Head of Sport Events at Prostate Cancer UK, was on the ride, and said: “We’re delighted that Kevin from the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust came up with the concept of uniting these London clubs by riding to each of them in a single day, and organised the ride.

"We’re also grateful to all of the riders who joined us, and the clubs who engaged and supported Prostate Cancer UK along the way.

“It was quite a feat to circumnavigate the capital for around 100 miles and we’d like to say a special thanks to all of the clubs, who went above and beyond to support the ride. It was a great day with some great people.

“Ignoring prostate cancer won’t beat it, and by pedalling all of those miles and visiting all of those football clubs, the riders have decided to join the fight against prostate cancer and raise awareness for the disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.

"We hope to see them again in our Football to Amsterdam ride from June 9th to 11th next year – and would welcome fans from across the capital, and beyond, to join the biggest ride in football.”

The 2016 fundraising total was close to £500,000. The substantial sum raised will help ‘shift the science’ and crack the three core issues of diagnosis, treatment and prevention, which have been left unsolved for too long. It will also help provide support and information to those affected by the disease.

Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored. In 2016 one man an hour will die from prostate cancer in the UK. That’s 10,900 men this year. Based on current trends, if we ignore prostate cancer and do nothing, this number will rise to over 14,500 men a year by 2026.
 
People are urged to search Men United and join the fight.

About Football to Amsterdam

- Football to Amsterdam has proved a phenomenal success throughout its four years and the 2017 challenge runs from 9th to 11th June

- As the Official Charity Partner of the EFL, Prostate Cancer UK inspired over 50 EFL clubs to take part from not one but three Grand Departs in 2016 making it the biggest ride to date.

- This year the event is aiming to have at least one representative on the ride from each of the 72 EFL clubs – if you want to see your club’s colours on display on the ride then sign up today!

- Aside from anything else, the event is lots of fun – with fans of different clubs all coming together.

- The Northern leg kicked off from Barnsley’s Oakwell Stadium. It took the riders through the scenic Yorkshire countryside, past Doncaster Rovers’ Keepmoat Stadium to complete the first day’s ride in Hull where they got the overnight ferry to Rotterdam.

- The southern leg – London to Amsterdam – started for the first time at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Lee Valley VeloPark. The cyclists peddled through the streets of East London until breaking free into the beautiful Essex countryside, past Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium to finish the first day’s ride in Harwich. A 40-plus team from Ipswich Town started at Portman Road and joined the London ride at the lunch stop.

- Both second days continued along the picturesque pathways of the Netherlands before the two Men United pelotons converged at the iconic Amsterdam ArenA, home of Dutch giants Ajax.

- For the 2016 ride there was a former England star on each leg as Luther Blissett, Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson joined a bumper field, all riding 145 miles and raising money to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

Sign Up Now!

For information about taking part in the 2017 ride go to prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam or contact the cycling team by calling 020 8222 7158 or emailing cycling@prostatecanceruk.org.

As the EFL’s Official Charity Partner, Prostate Cancer UK aims to reach millions of football supporters through engagement activity at football grounds to raise awareness of the disease which now affects one in eight men in the UK, with a death rate of 10,000 deaths a year. As well as raising awareness of the disease, the official partnership helps to raise funds so that more men survive it and enjoy a better quality of life. The ‘Men United’ campaign aims to galvanise the football community and inspire a movement for change in men’s health to win the battle against prostate cancer once and for all. 

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