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Follow Mike as he embarks on his epic challenge – raising vital funds for Cure Leukaemia

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"For those who haven't realised, we have an amazing team set up, 22 person back up team! We have drivers outriders (who block the roads so we never stop), physios (massage every day) mechanics, catering staff (incredible food stops) doctor, lead car, following vans, and a team manager who sorts everything including washing hotels (our room cards are ready when we arrive.
 
To give you an insight into what it's like each day:
Up at 5.30, breakfast 6.30 put luggage and day kit on bus and day kit (rain jacket etc) on following vehicles. Ride starts 7.30 - lunch stop 1/2 distance - all set up outside. After finish bikes go onto super trailer get on bus brief clean down, dry clothes, recovery drinks, transfer (1-4 hours) to next stage hotel. At hotel get showered have massage put compression kit on get everything ready for next day, have dinner with team go to be. Next day same again!"

I am delighted and excited to be part of a team of 20 riders joining Geoff Thomas, former England footballer, for his last ever Tour de France this year. We will be cycling over 3,400 km one week ahead of the professionals and aiming to raise £1,000.000 for Cure Leukaemia.

Cure Leukaemia helps blood cancer patients to access pioneering drug and transplant treatments by funding a network of specialist research nurses across the UK. Without these nurses, to ensure patients are monitored and cared for, clinical trials of these new treatments would not run and patients, that have exhausted standard treatment options, would miss out on potentially lifesaving therapies.

The Covid pandemic stopped the event taking place last year but this year's event is due to take place 19 June to 11 July 2021, one week ahead of the actual Tour de France event which takes place 26 June to 18 July 2021. I am in training and will regularly update the page to let you know how I'm getting on.

Every penny raised for Cure Leukaemia helps save lives and also hastens global progress towards the eradication of all forms of blood cancer.

If you would like to support the challenge, you can donate on my fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/southcitycollegebirmingham

Thanks to everyone for your incredible support and donations.

Mike
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