Cusiter urges Scots to back The Prostate Cancer Charity Tour Ride

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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 August).

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 the professionals.

"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