Forthcoming bike event BikeRadar Live is partnering with the Geoff Thomas Foundation, which will be the official charity of the cycling festival.
The foundation, created by ex-England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas, raises money for leukaemia research. Thomas himself will ride the 100 mile Cycling Plus Sportive.
The cyclist that raises the most money for the worthy cause while taking the 100 mile or 60 mile sportive routes through the Peak District will win a day’s cycling with the former footballer.
“The sportive event looks fantastic, with lots of challenging terrain and some wonderfully quiet lanes, which are perfect for cycling,” said Thomas. “There will be a large group of Geoff Thomas Foundation riders taking part and I’m delighted that Future Publishing and BikeRadar Live have appointed the GTF as the official charity of the event. I’m also looking forward to getting out on the road with the cyclist who raises the most money on the day.”
Thomas was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2003 and was given a 30 per cent chance of survival. A bone marrow transplant from his sister saved Thomas’ life. Not all sufferers are lucky enough to benefit from transplants and require drugs to save their lives. The Foundation funds research into new drugs for sufferers.