In 2017, we are taking on each of the Three Grand Tours: The Giro D’Italia, Le Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana consecutively to help raise £1m for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia. Our current team of five amateur riders will cycle each stage of these famous events, one day ahead of the professionals. We are the first team to ever take this challenge on and only 39 professional cyclists have ever completed it.
We will ride 10,403 kilometres and climb over 66,000 metres in 63 days of cycling, all to help Cure Leukaemia raise an additional £1m in 2017. For more information on how these funds will be used please click HERE.
We would be immensely grateful for any donations to our challenge via the JustGiving page below but we are also looking for keen cyclists to join us for stages of the Tour de France in July. To find out more about how you can be a part of a truly 'once in a lifetime' opportunity please click the link below. There are just three packages remaining so please don't delay!
Cure Leukaemia was founded in 2003 to give blood cancer patients that had exhausted standard treatment options access to pioneering and potentially life-saving clinical trials that are not yet available through the NHS. The charity helps finance the internationally renowned Centre for Clinical Haematology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, by funding vital specialist research nurses who are essential for the running and administration of these, at times, world first trials.
In 2017, Cure Leukaemia must raise an additional £1m to fully fund the expansion of the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology to double the capacity of the facility. This transformational project will allow double the number of patients to be treated, clinical trials opened and research nurses employed. Over 100 jobs will be created and it will allow stem cell transplants to be performed as an outpatient for the first time. Not only will the expanded Centre immediately increase the number of lives saved but also hasten global progress towards establishing effective treatments for all blood cancers within 25 years.
- 10,504km is the equivalent of cycling from Birmingham to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- 66,000m of climbing is the equivalent of climbing Everest seven and a half times
- Each rider will burn 1,008,000 calories
- Each rider will churn out 25,000,000 revolutions
- Only 39 professional riders have ever completed all three in one year
Further support for the boys' effort has come from the 2017 Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana Champion, Chris Froome: