Our first ever Ribbonride took off in sunshine at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 12 May. One hundred and twenty-five cyclists headed out on a 26 or 60-mile route from the stunning grounds led through the Cotswolds by the Breast Cancer Care Cycling Team.

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Setting off for the ribbon ride

We had pink fancy dress and a bumblebee en route and despite the rainy afternoon spirits we not dampened with plenty of smiles across the finish line.

Riders were cheered into the Event Village with a medal and a goody bag (courtesy of a fantastic souvenir goody bag kindly provided by Go Promotional.)

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part on the day volunteers who ensured our riders were refreshed and encouraged around the route our massage therapists and of course our riders for making the first year such a success!

Sunday wasn’t just a day for the Ribbonride though. Cycling from London to Oxford were the ‘Brest2Ars’ team in training for their incredible challenge leaving a week today!

3634 Islington parentsA group of Islington parents have pledged to take on a tough 500km cycle ride to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.

After seeing friends and family affected by the two diseases the parents decided to ride 500km from Brest in North West France to Ars on the Ile de Re in the west of the country to help raise funds for breast cancer and prostate cancer.

The eight amateur cyclists have called the challenge Brest2Ars in reference to the start and finish points as well as the charities Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care for whom they are raising funds and awareness.

 

Their journey will begin on Thursday 23 May with the group cycling across the French countryside to reach their destination on Sunday 26 May.

Lu Zurawski on behalf of the riders said:

'This event may sound cheeky but it has serious intent. Having all lost family and friends at school prematurely to these diseases we want to raise awareness of the support and preventative care that can help more of us to survive and thrive. And we hope Brest2Ars catches on to become a decent legacy for loved ones who struggled with breast or prostate cancer.'

Gemma Cornwell Community Fundraising Manager at Prostate Cancer UK and Tom Whitehead Sporting and Challenge Events Manager at Breast Cancer Care say:

'Prostate and breast cancer are the most common cancers in men and women in the UK. So the chances are you know someone who’s been affected by life threatening diseases. We are there from day one with expert information and support for everyone that needs us and can only do this through support from fundraisers like the Brest2Ars cyclists. Brest2Ars really is a brilliant way to raise awareness of these diseases as well as raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.

'We would like to say a huge thanks to the group for taking on the ride and wish them the best of luck with their challenge.'

All money raised through the Brest2Ars will be split equally between Prostate Cancer UK and Breast Cancer Care.

For more information please visit http://www.brest2ars.com/

And a massive 'good luck' to everyone taking on London to Paris for us this month too.