On Sunday 6 October a team of Royal Mail
employees are set to saddle up and take on the police in a 100 mile
cycling challenge, to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Each team will ride an epic 100 miles
through the stunning New Forest National Park along the course of
the popular Wiggle New Forest Sportive with the fastest team
decided by the top 12 times of each team.
The course sweeps through the quiet country
roads and picturesque villages, with breathtaking views. Average
speeds are 20mph and the course has a 4,078ft elevation gain -
allowing the cyclists to take on some short but challenging
The Royal Mail team is taking on the
challenge as part of its Charity of the Year partnership with
Prostate Cancer UK, which began in earnest in September 2012. Since
the partnership launched, Royal Mail and its employees have raised
over £1 million, including matched funding.
Matt Bottrill, leader of the Royal Mail
team and often referred to as the fastest postman on a bicycle is
the current British national 50mile champion and circuit champion,
and has won 25 races this season out of 28 starts. He is excited to
be riding with colleagues in what will be the first national team
challenge for Royal Mail.
Matt, who has been a postman for 16 years,
said: "This will hopefully be the first of many cycling challenges
as a team. When it comes to fundraising, the Posties will benefit
from matched funding for every penny in sponsorship they raise,
effectively doubling their total. 250,000 men are currently living
with prostate cancer in the UK and 40,000 are diagnosed every year
so we'd all like to do our bit to support them."
The police will be led by former Great
Britain track cyclist, Dave Baker, who is secretary of the British
Police Cycling Section and has coordinated and competed with the
police team over many years. Dave said: "We know there are plenty
of great cycling Posties, including of course, Matt Bottrill but
our experience as a team should give us the edge."
Cyclists from both teams are urging those
in the cycling world to sponsor them in order to raise funds for
Prostate Cancer UK, which provides support to men and their
families who are affected by the disease.
This event is one of many fundraising
initiatives that Royal Mail has undertaken in support of Prostate
Cancer UK. Royal Mail Group and its employees aim to raise at least
£2 million for Prostate Cancer UK over the course of the
People can show their support by making a donation online