10 000 men a year die from Prostate Cancer. This equates to 1 every 45 minutes. It is a horrible disease, like so many others.
My old man was my hero, he grew up a motor racing mechanic and racing cars himself and would not stop at any length to go out of his way to help those in need and my childhood was blessed having him around.
He died 9th September 2018 (9.9.18) aged 74. Therefore, I am going to cycle 9 918 kms in 74 consecutive days finishing on the 9th September 2019 (his first anniversary). Pops raced in the early 1970s and to make this challenge a little more heart felt and tough, these 9 918 kms will be undertaken around the motor racing circuits he raced at during the 1973 European Formula 2 Championship. These circuits will include travelling through 7 different, European countries. The first 4 721kms of the challenge will be part of the 2019 Race Across Europe beginning at the end of June next year, this will involve being a soloist and cycling roughly 236kms a day for 20 days unsupported, before then cracking on with the remaining 5197kms before 9th September.
As 10 000 men a year die, the 75th day will involved the final 82 kms to round it off to 10 000 kms in total. My aim, is to also raise and then donate £10 000 to the ProstAid cancer charity (based in Leicestershire), that provided so much care, support, advice, friendship and help at our time of need. We will always be eternally grateful to the support they provided my dad with.
As Dad was an engineer by trade and worked within a multitude of different formulas, where cars were built by hand, repaired by hand and then driven by the same hand, I am hoping to attract the attention of a UK based bicycle manufacturer, who can custom build a bike for this challenge to be liveried in the ProstAid charity colours.
The challenge will begin at the end of June 2019/coinciding with the start of the Race Across Europe, ending up at Mallory Park/Pops' grave on 9/9/2019.