South and City College Principal Mike Hopkins is part of a 21 rider cycle team taking on one of the world's toughest sporting challenges - The Tour de France, one day ahead of the professional cycle race in which the likes of Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome will be competing!
The challenge starts on 26th June and concludes on 18th July - 21 days, a distance of 3500 km and some of the longest and most difficult mountain roads in the world.
The aim is to raise an incredible £1,000,000 for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
The team will be led by Geoff Thomas who had a 20 year career in football that includes 9 England caps and the captaincy of Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Final.
Geoff was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia and given 3 months to live. Thankfully after vital treatment in Birmingham he went into remission in 2005 and has been helping to raise funds ever since so that more patients can access lifesaving treatments for blood cancer.
South and City College Principal Mike Hopkins, already a well known amateur cyclist, is currently stepping up his training schedule to prepare for this incredible challenge in just a few months time.
Mike said " I have been a part of an incredible amount of South and City College Birmingham charity fundraising over a number of years now , all with a real relevance to staff and students in the college. We are supporting Cure Leukaemia because a number of individuals here at South and City have had the disease ; sadly one of our managers passed away as a result. However there is also a personal significance as my father died of leukaemia 2 years ago having had immense help and support at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. £1 million will make a big difference to research and life saving drugs - and it' here in Birmingham"
If you want a lighthearted insight into what his training involves you can follow Mike's training Blog at
Of course you can also make a vital donation through his Just Giving page too
Please support this momentous effort ! The Tour De France is one of the most gruelling sporting events worldwide and YOUR support is crucial to those people living with blood cancer - thank you.