Stars urge cyclists to take to their bikes

A host of stars from the worlds of screen, music and sport have thrown their support behind The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Tour Rides.

National treasure, Stephen Fry, singing sensation Alexander Burke and football legend Kenny Dalglish MBE, are urging cyclists throughout the UK to sign up for the Charity’s Tour Ride cycling events, which are taking place in Scotland, London and Stoke-on-Trent in September.

The exciting and challenging rides offer people the chance to ride an official stage of the Tour of Britain whilst raising funds to fight the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Star of stage, screen and literature Stephen Fry, who is a keen cyclist himself, said: “I’m delighted to show my support for The Prostate Cancer Tour Rides and would urge any would-be riders to sign up at once. This is a splendid opportunity for people to take up a challenge, raise some money for an excellent charity and encourage men to focus on their health – something, as I know personally, we males are notoriously wary of doing.”

The Scotland football team’s most capped player and joint record goal scorer, Kenny Dalglish MBE, has thrown his support behind the Tour Rides. ‘King Kenny’, who is currently the manager of Liverpool Football Club, said: “Well done, and the best of luck, to everyone who is signing up for The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Scottish tour ride. Cycling’s a great way to take exercise at any age, and the Borders are a great place to ride for such a good cause.”

X-Factor winner, Alexander Burke has also got behind the Tour Rides, by urging her Twitter followers take to their bikes in support of the Charity. She tweeted: “Calling all fellow cyclists to sign up for The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Tour Rides across the UK. Great charity, excellent challenge.”

The Charity launched its Tour Ride events, which offer the opportunity to ride in ‘the tracks of the pros’ on an official stage of The Tour of Britain, three years ago, and they have gone from strength to strength. More than 4,500 people took to two wheels last year, and the Charity has extended the number of events it will stage this year from three to five, offering brand new events in Wales, Scotland and East Anglia. The rides are also returning to Stoke-on-Trent, as well as the Capital.

Speaking about the upcoming Scotland Tour Ride, Katie Robbins, Tour of Britain Project Manager at The Prostate Cancer Charity, says: “We are excited to be offering these Tour Rides right across the UK and I hope that people with an interest in cycling will get on their bikes to raise awareness of prostate cancer and funds for the Charity.

“Over the past three years, The Prostate Cancer Charity has developed strong links with professional and amateur cyclists through our partnership with The Tour of Britain which have been invaluable in helping us to get many more people thinking about the disease.”

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