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January 10, 2012

Orchid are calling on all cycling enthusiasts to join them on an epic London to Edinburgh 37 hour, 400 mile cycle ride challenge

Orchid, the UK’s male cancer charity, is organising an epic 37 hour unique relay charity cycle ride from Buckingham Palace, London to Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh to raise awareness for the 37,000 men diagnosed each year with a male specific cancer. So if you fancy a challenge of Olympic proportions for 2012 or just want to boost your fitness and raise money for a great cause, why not sign up and get cycling!

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Ian Michelson from Leeds, explains why he is already signed up and raring to go; “Having been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2008, I found Orchid an invaluable source of support and information and I was able to find out the specifics what I needed to know without being overwhelmed with ‘too much information’ from the web. I am looking forward to this challenge and would also encourage all men to listen to ‘nagging’ wives and don’t be embarrassed to check themselves regularly.”

The Palace to Palace challenge begins on Friday 22nd June 2012, at Green Park, Central London where relay teams of two will set off from Buckingham Palace to embark on the 400 mile journey. The cyclists will take it in turns to alternatively pedal through night and day with each rider cycling up to 200 miles during this fast paced 37 hour challenge.

All cyclists will set off together leaving London via Hyde Park heading North. The route then skirts around Peterborough and Lincoln, across the Humber River and heads on towards York. Riding through the night challengers will cross the Scottish border via Galashiels on the Saturday and carry onwards to Edinburgh. The group will then reconvene on the outskirts of Edinburgh before entering the city together, arriving en masse at Holyrood Palace.

To commemorate the completion of this gruelling challenge participants will spend Saturday night in Edinburgh in a 2/3* hotel and will be rewarded with well deserved celebratory meal in the evening.

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Rebecca Porta, Chief Executive of Orchid, comments: “Last year’s London to Edinburgh event was a great success raising £40,000 and we are keen to build on that this year and encourage all cycling enthusiasts to take part. Cycling from palace to palace in just 37 hours will be a tough challenge but it will be extremely rewarding and will not only increase awareness of the prevalence of mens’ cancers but the funds raised will also ultimately save mens’ lives.”

This demanding challenge is not for the faint hearted, high levels of fitness, stamina and mental determination will be a must for all participants. Cyclists will also need good road sense as the route will incorporate many ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads. Cyclists will be supported by experienced Discovery Adventure leaders/drivers, a cycle guide at night and mechanic support.

 The route will be marked and snacks and drinks will be available at the regular team swapping points.

To take part, each team of two will need to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,900 per team of two. To register visit or contact or call 0203 4657 197/ 0203 4657 293.

If you would like more information see What’s On 4 Me


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