A team of six women from Oxfordshire will be taking on Cure Leukaemia’s London 2 Paris cycle ride next June, to raise vital funds for the charity.
The team will be riding 500km across 4 days, and will cycle the whole way from London 2 Paris, starting off in Greenwich on Thursday 8th June, culminating with an emotional ride into Paris on Sunday 11th June 2023.
Last year, the event had over 130 riders join in, and raised an incredible £151,476 for Cure Leukaemia.
All of the women have a fundraising goal of raising £1,500 for Cure Leukaemia, with a combined team goal of £10,500.
All money raised will be directly invested in the charity’s national Trials and Acceleration Programme (TAP) across the UK, which connects blood cancer patients to potentially lifesaving treatment and trials.
The group have given themselves the team name of Portcullis, which is based on their town’s emblem, as all the team are local to Wallingford, Oxfordshire.
Angela, one of the members of the team, spoke about why they’ve all decided to take on this challenge.
“Our main reason for cycling for Cure Leukaemia is to show support to friends whose lives are impacted by Leukaemia.”
Angela spoke about how the group of women are all very active and are often out rowing, but some of them do take their sports onto dry land:
“We’ve all got a history of rowing but some of us are also keen cyclists and London to Paris seemed like the ideal challenge for us. Two of the group who can’t make it on the dates will be doing it virtually on turbo trainers!”
“We haven’t yet officially started training- but we’re quite active generally.”
Emily, who is one of the team members, is taking on the challenge virtually and will be joining from home on a turbo trainer.
“Two of the group will be doing it virtually on turbo trainers, I’m one of those nutters! My ‘sport’ is most definitely running, not cycling, so this is definitely going to be a challenge!!”