Amsterdam Bike Ride to Raise Money for Prostate Cancer UKBusiness Development Manager John Woodman will be setting off on a charity challenge to Amsterdam next Friday in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
The life-long Pool fan will be representing the club in a cycle challenge that sees more than 150 members of the football family head from London to the capital city of the Netherlands.
The Grand Depart is from Leyton Orient and heads out of London through rural English countryside, before stopping off at a second ground, Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, for refreshments.
After completing the 90-mile sojourn to Harwich by dusk, the team will cross the Channel overnight, before riding a further 60 miles across the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland. The climax sees the peloton arrive in Amsterdam.
There will be a chance to wind down and reflect on a notable effort on Saturday night in the city centre before a less energy-sapping return to London, via Eurostar, after lunch the next day.
A cycle challenge of this magnitude is nothing new to Woodman though, given that he participated in one to Paris two years ago to raise money for Trinity Hospice.
"I've been cycling in to work every day as part of my preparation for this one," he said. "I've obviously picked up valuable experience from my last attempt and I'm really looking forward to taking on the challenge now. Hopefully we can all raise money and awareness for such a fantastic cause."
Cyclists taking part, including ex-England striker Luther Blissett, Port Vale manager Micky Adams and former Arsenal man Perry Groves, will be competing to pick up the Men United Orange Jersey, which will be awarded to the top fundraiser on Day One. However, this will be passed on to the person who raises the most within a 24-hour period on Day Two.
Andy Sallnow, Head of Events at Prostate Cancer UK, added: “The fact that there are more than 150 riders on the startline represents the incredible progress this event has made over the past 12 months and we are really grateful for all of the football league clubs and fans supporting the event with such enthusiasm.
“Almost 50 different football clubs will be represented on the ride, and we’re really looking forward to convening at Leyton Orient on June 6 for what’s set to be an unforgettable few days."
To sponsor John in his quest to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK, visit his Just Giving page by clicking here.