Men United – London to Amsterdam Ride


Men United – Keeping friendships alive: the slogan of Prostate Cancer UK, the Football League’s official charity partner. And the football league is deeply involved with today’s London to Amsterdam ride, with former players like Terry Butcher, Simon Milton and Alan Lee (all former Ipswich Town players) and Preston North End manager Simon Grayson taking part.

They are just some of the 250 riders who arrive for our pre-ride briefing at 8 a.m. this morning before setting out from Leyton Orient’s ground in London, and who will be calling at the ground of Colchester United on their way to Harwich, where they will use the changing rooms of Harwich Rugby Club for a shower and a change out of cycling gear, before boarding the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland. After the first day’s ride of about 130 km, the second day is both shorter at 90km and less hilly, on the way to the stadium of Ajax Amsterdam, before spending Saturday night in this great cycling city.

On Sunday, we will probably all be relieved to be travelling by coach to Brussels and from there via Eurostar back to London and onwards to home. I can write “we” in that sentence, as I’m one of the 70 contingent of TeamITFC.

Each of us has pledged to raise at least £1000 (exclusive of Gift Aid) for Prostate Cancer UK, so that should mean a cool £250 thousand for this worthwhile charity. TeamITFC riders also pledged to raise a further £1000 for the Town’s Academy. A number of riders are football fans, but not all, but they all share the commitment to funding for Prostate Cancer UK. I have written of my reason for taking part previously.


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