Across 10 inspiring days in Blood Cancer Awareness month this September, Cure Leukaemia will be hosting the first Tour of the TAP cycle ride across Britain tackling over 1,000 miles as we look to raise £100,000 for blood cancer patients across the country throughout the month – and we are now offering you the opportunity to sign up and join the peloton for individual or multiple stages along the way.

The team of 12 completing all stages of the Tour will be captained by Cure Leukaemia Patron and cycling veteran Geoff Thomas MBE, and there is limited spaces for 20 cyclists every day to join him on the Tour, as you look to tackle all terrains that Britain has to offer.

Fundraising from the challenge will be directly invested into the Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) Network which helps those fighting blood cancer and which has driven huge medical advances since Geoff’s original diagnosis.

“I am proud to be back on the bike in September to take on Cure Leukaemia’s brand new Tour of the TAP event. At the charity, we run a number of overseas cycling events; London 2 Paris and The Tour 21 (completing all 21 stages of the Tour de France), however the Tour of the TAP is an opportunity to bring our fantastic events to the roads of the UK. I am not taking part in The Tour 21 this year but I will be jumping on the saddle in the UK and I would love to see as many cyclists taking to the roads alongside me.”

“Each leg will be on average around 100 miles long, so whether you are interested in joining me for one leg, or several, you will all be part of the team – and most importantly, be raising funds to continue to fund the TAP Network which costs £1million a year to fund.”

Cure Leukaemia works with the sole aim of eradicating blood cancer within a generation by funding the TAP Network, which involves the funding of specialist Research Nurses across 15 of the biggest cities in the UK.

This network enables the accelerated setup, recruitment to and delivery of new blood cancer clinical trials connecting patients from a catchment area of over 20 million people with potentially life-saving treatments not currently available through standard care.

The 2023 Tour of the TAP route has been specifically designed for the team to cycle through each of these cities and we would love for you to join us on one or more stages of the Tour:

Stage 1: Wednesday 13th September – Belfast to Glasgow (116 miles)
Stage 2: Thursday 14th September – Glasgow to Carlisle (107 miles)
Stage 3: Friday 15th September – Carlisle to Darlington (101 miles)
Stage 4: Saturday 16th September – Darlington to Oldham (103 miles)
Stage 5: Sunday 17th September – Oldham to Nottingham (95 miles)
Stage 6: Monday 18th September – Nottingham to Oxford (107 miles)
Stage 7: Tuesday 19th September – Oxford to Weybridge (94.5 miles)
Stage 8: Wednesday 20th September – Weybridge to Salisbury (89 miles)
Stage 9: Thursday 21st September – Salisbury to Cardiff (101 miles)
Stage 10: Friday 22nd September – Cardiff to Birmingham (105 miles)

Applications are now open for cyclists to join the team alongside Geoff with an initial stage fee of £50 per stage and a minimum fundraising target of £250 per stage. Hurry though, there are only 20 spaces available per stage, and you only have until Friday 11th August to book your spot!

Interested in joining the peloton?