On Tues 2nd May at 12 noon, former England and Crystal Palace footballer, Geoff Thomas, leads his four-man cycling team on a 500-mile non-stop ride from the home of football, Wembley Stadium to the home of cycling, the Velodrome in Manchester.
The ride is a key part of Thomas’ fundraising for his Leukaemia Appeal as well as vital preparation for the 3,052 mile Race Across America (RAAM), the world’s toughest endurance race, which Thomas’ “Team Cure Leukaemia” will attempt this June.
Geoff Thomas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia three years ago and given three years to live. Inspired by the books of fellow cancer sufferer, Lance Armstrong, he has dedicated his four years of remission until given the all-clear to fundraising through cycling endurance events. Last year he rode the entire 2,200 mile Tour de France in 21 days – the same number of days as the professionals. He was awarded at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and Variety Club for his bravery.
This year he hopes to raise more money for leukaemia patients. “Team Cure Leukaemia” includes four riders and a ten-man support crew, manning two Land Rovers and a mobile home.
Start – Tues 2 May at 12 noon at Wembley Stadium, Olympic Way.
Finish – Wed 3 May at 1.00pm at the National Cycling Centre, Stuart Street, Manchester
For information see www.geoff-thomas.com