More than 150 members of the football family, including four from the Bantams, will be cycling from London to Amsterdam between 6-8 June this weekend in support of Prostate Cancer UK – The Football League’s long-term Official Charity Partner.
City's team of four will consist of former Bantams defender Louis Horne, City staff duo Steve Hawthorn-Emmett (Head of Marketing) and Luke Gallagher (Programme Editor), plus one-time associate director Billy Bingham.
Shane Duff, who played for City during the 2010/2011 season, will be taking part in the cycling challenge as well on behalf of another of his former clubs, Cheltenham Town.
Representatives from more than 50 clubs in total will join the peloton at Leyton Orient FC in the early hours of Friday morning with ex-England star Luther Blissett among a host of former players signed up for the exciting 150-mile challenge which hopes to raise £150,000 for the charity.
Port Vale Manager Micky Adams will also saddle up alongside former Republic of Ireland international striker Alan Lee and ex-Arsenal star Perry Groves, who will lead a contingent from radio station talkSPORT.
Aside from the former professional contingent, a plethora of personalities that form the very fabric of clubs, from boardroom to boot room, are also involved, with job titles ranging from sports scientists to scoreboard operators, not to mention a handful of club mascots.
The Grand Depart is in East London early on Friday, 6 June, from Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium, heading out of London through rural English countryside, and 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 intrepid team cross the Channel overnight, before riding a further 60 miles across the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland. The climax sees the peloton arrive in the country’s capital and its network of canals, cobbled streets and wonderful architecture.
Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men in the UK. Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and one man dies every hour from prostate cancer.
Prostate Cancer UK fights to help more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. It funds research into causes and treatments and provides support and information.
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Main article picture (left to right): Louis Horne, Luke Gallagher, Steve Hawthorn-Emmett, Billy Bingham