Radio star takes to two wheels to support The Prostate Cancer Charity

Legendary radio presenter Mark Goodier is throwing his support to The Prostate Cancer Charity by taking on the challenge of not one, but two, of the Charity's Tour Ride cycling events this summer.

The Smooth Radio presenter will be taking part in the 100km route across Wales this Sunday (21 August) and will then be tackling an 80km cycle in Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday 25th September. This will be the second year that Mark has challenged himself to take on the Tour Rides after completing the Stoke-on-Trent and South West rides last year.

Mark is a dedicated supporter of the Charity and is keen to raise awareness of prostate cancer after losing his father-in-law to the disease. Ahead of the Wales ride this weekend, Mark said: "Prostate cancer took Bill away from us years before his time and the real shame is we know that so much can be done if the disease is detected early. I'm committed to doing what I can to spread the word."

He said of last year's ride: ""I thought it was an amazing experience. There was a real community spirit at the start, which was very welcome given the challenge that was facing us.

"It was definitely the most difficult terrain I have ever experienced - and I am just glad to have survived! I was very happy with my two and a half hours."

Mark will be taking on two official stages of the Tour of Britain race which will be contested by the professionals in September. His rides will take in some of the country's most stunning scenery as he cycles across the Brecon Beacons in Wales and Staffordshire Moorlands in Stoke-on-Trent.

Now in their third year, The Prostate Cancer Charity's Tour Rides are an established part of the sportive calendar for amateur cyclists with over 4,500 amateur riders taking part in three events last year.

Following on from this success, which saw riders raise over £520,000, The Prostate Cancer Charity has extended its offering to five events this year, giving people the opportunity to take on Tour Rides in East Anglia, Wales and Scotland alongside existing rides in London and Stoke-on-Trent.

The Charity's unique partnership with The Tour of Britain, aims to bring people together through cycling to help raise awareness of prostate cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in men in the UK.

Katie Robbins, Tour of Britain Project Manager at The Prostate Cancer Charity, says: "It's fantastic to have Mark's continued support for the Charity and I'm delighted that he will be riding in two events again this year. I hope that people with an interest in cycling will get on their bikes to raise awareness of prostate cancer and funds for the Charity.

"Over the past three years, The Prostate Cancer Charity has developed strong links with professional and amateur cyclists through our partnership with The Tour of Britain which have been invaluable in helping us to get many more people thinking about the disease."

For further information, please visit www.tourride.co.uk