17 March 2022
The riders are in place. 600 miles. 8 days. 1 mission. To inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer.
Early on 17 June 2022, 12 riders will depart the Trust’s base at Largs Marina in Scotland on a challenge that will see them cycle 600 miles (965 kilmoetres) to the Trust's south coast base in East Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
They need your support, and so too do the young people they are cycling for. The road will be hilly and the weather will be British, but knowing you are cheering them on will carry them to the finish line on the Isle of Wight.
Amelia Caley, Holly Hudson, Avalon Ridler and Roisin Smith have all been supported by the Trust after treatment.
Avalon said: “I know I put a lot of pressure on myself to ‘live’, but I think a lot of young people who sail with the Trust can relate to that feeling. I heard about the challenge and it hit the spot.
"On top of that, it’s a great way to say thank you and give something back to an awesome organisation to which I owe a lot.”
Ian Wright is cycling after his daughter Emily was supported by the Trust following treatment for an optic glioma.
John Davies will trade yacht for bike, skippering a Trust trip in Scotland before getting into the saddle the very next morning. He says the last time he regularly rode a bike was for his paper round!
Our event partners, MSOS, helped get young people #BackOnBoard last summer by generously COVID tests to the Trust, and their Operations Manager, Ben Pitman, didn’t hesitate in signing up for the ride.
Simon Townsend is no stranger to the Trust, having coordinated our voyage Round Britain in 2009 and cycling 1,758 miles - the distance between London and Sivota in Greece - over 63 days in 2020. He’s brought Max Goulden along for the ride.
Long-term Trust supporter Dominic Harris, and the stepdad-stepson duo of Mark Randall and Liam Wright round out the crew taking on the gruelling challenge. They will also be joined by a number of riders taking part in day 1 and day 8 of the cycle, who will help out on the mission to inspire young people.
Each rider has set up their own fundraising page, which they are updating with training progress and their thoughts ahead of the big cycle.
Your support will help them as they prepare for the gruelling week, and it will be what carries them across the finish line on the most difficult final day. Everything they are doing is to inspire young people to believe in a brighter future living through and beyond cancer. Please do what you can to let them all know how magic they are.