Photos by the talented Alex Duffill
NEON VELO and Prostate Cancer UK have announced their partnership for 2017 and beyond. The elite cycling team and charity will work together to raise awareness of the most common cancer in men.
NEON VELO, a pro team of cyclists who compete in various races across the UK aims to use their knowledge and expertise to empower and inspire the public to take part in fundraising events for Prostate Cancer UK.
Through offering pro tips and expert advice to supporters of the charity who have signed up to a cycling event, NEON VELO want to enable riders to hit their goals and get the most out of the charity’s cycling events. In addition, the company will also display Prostate Cancer UK’s logo throughout their racing calendar.
Prostate Cancer UK’s overseas challenges, Football to Amsterdam and the Grand Depart Classic, both enter their biggest year this June, whilst the leading men’s charity will also be one of the most represented charities on this year’s Ride London.
Prostate Cancer UK Head of Sports Events Andy Sallnow said: “We’re proud to be partnering with NEON VELO for the season ahead. Over the last few years we have been growing our cycling challenges so the partnership comes at an ideal time to help continue the momentum.
“NEON VELO will be offering pro tips to our peloton of riders raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK, making sure they’ve got all the advice they need to get the most out of their challenge, whether that’s Ride London, the Grand Depart Classic, or any of the other rides in our programme.
“The pro team will also be displaying our logo throughout their race calendar, spreading awareness of prostate cancer to fans nationwide, and internationally.
“Over 47,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year – that’s 130 men every day. Our ambition is to make sure prostate cancer is a disease that the next generation of men do not need to fear and through the partnership with NEON VELO they hope to get one step closer to achieving this.
“Thank you to NEON VELO, and all of their riders and sponsors, for joining the fight to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.”
NEON VELO’s Team Director, Gabby Durrin said: “The whole team are excited about partnering up with Prostate Cancer UK. Not only will our riders be ensuring everyone raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK by taking to their bike this year gets expert advice and tips, we’re also going to spreading awareness of the condition to thousands of people we’ll be coming into contact with in the season ahead. Knowing how important early diagnosis is for the treatment of prostate cancer, we’re hoping this partnership will save lives.”
For information about taking part in one of Prostate Cancer UK’s cycling events go to prostatecanceruk.org/cycling or contact the cycling team by calling 020 3310 7034 or emailing email@example.com.
This weekend is the hotly contested UCI 1.2 Cicle Classic. It is the 13th edition of this classic race from Rutland- Melton.
The race features 11 sectors sure to test the racers bike handling skills and power many of these sectors being off-road!
Ten additional kilometres have been added to the race to make it the longest yet of 189 kms. The riders will race 2 laps of Rutland water before hitting the Barleyberg at 48kms which is sure to shake the race up! The racers will also have to navigate the infamous Somerberg twice.
Sunday is set to be an exciting race.
START- 11am- Oakham
FINISH- Approx- 16.00- Melton Mowbray
The team has a good line up; a mix of experienced and development riders. This will be David and Tom’s first UCI race and first ever Cicle Classic. It will be a great opportunity for these guys to learn and challenge themselves on such an epic race.
Will is a veteran and has a huge amount of experience. In 2013 he finished 5th and is looking to put in a strong performance.
Jeremy is the teams cyclocross specialist and so is very excited to race and put in a strong performance. Jeremy shines in tough course like this.
Mike and Elliott will also be looking to put in a good rides. They are both strong experienced guys.
The race is very much a lottery and we are hoping for some good luck!!
Be sure to cheer the guys on! TEAM VELO!
Excited to have Paul Wright following the team this season and capturing all the action on race days.
The first round of the British Cycling Spring Cup saw the team racing the inaugural East Cleveland Klondike GP.
It was a tough 92 miles with some challenging roads. The race was not without mishaps and unfortunately VELO were victims to crashes.
The team rode fantastically together and were involved in plenty of race action, we are definitely a strong unit this year and so are excited for the rest of the season.
Marc Potts and Will Bjergfelt went down in a crash within the first 10K that took down about 30 riders. The race was neutralised while all the riders involved got on new bikes and the road was cleared. Not a great start to a long day in the saddle. After the race restarted, Jeremy and Marc were in a few small moves but nothing stuck.
The course was one that would wear down the field over each lap and the goal was to keep Mike Cuming and Elliot Porter safe going into the final climb out of Saltburn-by-the-sea. And it was executed perfectly but there was a really untimely crash about 3K out from the finish that took both Mike and Elliot out, with Elliot having to go to the hospital and Mike being looked at by the on site paramedics. Not what we like to see in the first Premier race of the season.
The good news is that the guys are riding well and working well as a team and the coming races should see some great success for the team.
Photos: Paul Wright