Glasgow Warriors, Scotland and British
& Irish Lions star Chris Cusiter - who lost his father Stan to
prostate cancer last year - is urging Scots to sign up for The
Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride on 4 September.
Cusiter made his call as he took to
two wheels at the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow today (Friday 12
The Scottish leg of the professional Tour of Britain cycling
event takes place on 11 September, and The Prostate Cancer Charity
Tour Ride gives people of all cycling abilities the unique
opportunity to experience the route one week before the
professionals whilst raising funds to fight the most common cancer
in men in Scotland.
Participants can take on the full 170km Pro Ride route from
Peebles to Dumfries, or the shorter but none-the-less rewarding
Challenge Ride which takes place over the final 70 kilometres of
the Pro Ride.
Chris Cusiter said: "I think it's fantastic that the first leg
of The Tour of Britain is taking place in Scotland. Thanks to The
Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride people of all cycling abilities
have the unique opportunity to experience the route a week before
"I would strongly encourage people all across the country to get
right behind this excellent event. It will be a great day out in
its own right, but those taking part will also know they are doing
their bit to raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer -
the most common cancer in men in Scotland.
"2,700 Scots are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, and
2 die of the disease every day. By participating in The Prostate
Cancer Charity Tour Ride on 4 September people can play their part
in changing these statistics, and Scotland, for the better. I hope
many, many Scots rise to the challenge - and do just that."
Ann Ferguson, Head of Operations at The Prostate Cancer Charity
Scotland, said: "The Tour Ride on 4 September is a great event, and
we are delighted that Chris Cusiter has offered his backing to it.
Not only is Chris a fantastic ambassador for rugby and for
Scotland, he is a fantastic ambassador for The Prostate Cancer
Charity as it strives for a world where lives are no longer limited
by the disease.
"I hope people heed his call and get behind The Prostate Cancer
Charity Tour Ride on 4 September in ever increasing numbers."
For further information, please visit http://www.tourride.co.uk/scotland.asp