Ride Latics into Europe in 2016 with the Football to Amsterdam bike ride.Hold on to your helmets, because the biggest ride in football is about to get bigger for Prostate Cancer UK’s annual football fundraiser.
Dust off those bikes, squeeze into some unflattering lycra and get your helmet on to represent Wigan Athletic and Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United in Europe on 3-5 June 2016 for a 145 mile cycle ride in conjunction with The Football League.
Formerly known as the London to Amsterdam – 2016’s challenge is getting a makeover. In an exciting new development, the charity ride will consist of two start locations to become the all-inclusive Football to Amsterdam.
Latics ride from London
In 2016, the Wigan Athletic team are setting off from the iconic Olympic Park in East London, whilst other teams are leaving from a second starting point, Barnsley FC's Oakwell Stadium.
Last year’s event was a sell out with more than 250 riders – including former international trio Terry Butcher, Matt Holland and Luther Blissett, together with Preston North End boss Simon Grayson.
Yorkshireman Grayson is making no promises, but there’s strong suspicion that he’ll be back in the saddle:
He said: “I think it’s brilliant that the ride will cater for football teams both in the north and the south. It will make it easier for northerners like us to get our bikes over to the start point – although I hear the northern leg’s terrain is much hillier!”
In 2015, the collective Men United squad raised a whopping £350,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, an amount which will go a long way in helping men who are affected by the disease and crucially pave the way for new research and treatments.
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Registration fee is £149. Each rider will pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship to help fight back against a disease that affects one in eight men in the UK.
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If you’re still not convinced this is going to be the trip of a lifetime, then check out last year’s ride to get a flavour of the adventure.
Latics to Amsterdam - PCUK riders on the 2015-16 team photo.