talkSPORT presenters and staff are taking part in cycle ride from London to Amsterdam in support of Prostate Cancer UK, the station’s official charity partner.
Arsenal’s Perry Groves and former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham will lead the 150-mile challenge, accompanied by six of talkSPORT’s willing cyclists.
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 team cross the Channel overnight, before riding a further 60 miles across Dutch Zeeland.
Former Gunner Groves signed up for the challenge live on air during Colin Murray’s mid-morning show on Monday, and the talkSPORT audience also played their part, answering the call to come up with a quirky team name – with ‘Biker Groves’ the winning entry. Groves said: “I’m delighted to be part of the talkSPORT team in this exciting adventure and at the same time raise money and awareness for an amazing cause.
“I’m calling on all listeners to get behind me, Danny and the team to spur us on and it will be good to stop off at a club I know very well, Colchester United en route.
“Having been involved in a game against the Prostate Cancer UK’s Men United five-a-side cup winners before Christmas, I’m aware of the great relationship between talkSPORT and the charity. It’s been a while since I’ve got on my bike so it could be an interesting few days well outside my comfort zone. The squad’s looking good though, so here’s to a successful weekend courtesy of Team Biker Groves!”
Prostate Cancer UK is The Football League’s long-term Official Charity Partner and its Director of Fundraising, Mark Bishop added: “There’s been an excellent response from everyone who is helping make it possible within The Football League for what’s sure to be a really exciting and entertaining event – and it’s great to see another of our partners, talkSPORT, getting involved.
“It will be fantastic to see so many people saddling up for a serious test of cycling when they convene at Leyton Orient in June. The London to Amsterdam event is shaping up to be a key event on the calendar and we’re delighted to see Perry and Danny showing their support by joining the peloton.
Calum Macaulay, talkSPORT Managing Director, said: “Our partnership with Prostate Cancer UK over the past year has really helped raise awareness of the disease with our huge male audience. Cycling from London to Amsterdam is a massive challenge for the talkSPORT team – but one we’re delighted to be involved in. We’ll be following and supporting Perry, Danny and the team every step of the way and helping them to raise lots of money to help beat prostate cancer.”