How bicycles can fight cancer

The Ride is an unusual bike adventure. A 1000-mile trip from John O’Groats to the Olympics, passing through five capital cities along the way. So far, so normal. Except on this ride, all those taking part are cancer patients, past or present. As the organisers say, “whatever is happening in your life, you stand a better chance of coping if your body and your mind are in good shape. If you have a little extra coping to do, like this bunch, it is vitally important.”

Although cancer is deadly serious, the ride’s all about fun. For the riders it’s about showing “the world and ourselves that you can live well with cancer because cancer is part of our lives not our whole life.” It’ll also raise awareness of the needs of people who try to keep active as part of their fight against cancer. With luck, it’ll also influence decision-making bodies too.

1 in 3 people in the UK develop cancer at some point in their lifetime. We all know someone whose life has been affected by cancer. This is a chance to use your bike to make a difference – everyone and anyone (whether a cancer patient or not) can get involved en route.

So… want to join The Ride? You can either do the whole hog, or one country only (Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Wales, England), a one-day ride, or even just a short hop through one of the capitals along the way. For the whole hog and the country rides, spaces are reserved for past and present cancer patients only, but for day-rides and city rides everyone’s welcome.

Find out more at www.theride.org.uk


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