Geoff Thomas, 55, Worcestershire

Cure Leukaemia Patron

15 years ago I got the great news I was in remission from Blood Cancer 18 months after I’d been told I may have only 3 months to live. 6 months later found myself taking on one of the toughest sporting challenges. Riding the Tdf route. A team of 5 raised much needed awareness plus a staggering 250k. That was the start of saying thank you to my Prof, Charlie Craddock and his great team within the NHS. Last 15yrs we’ve made great strides but there is still much to do. So here we go again

The event, The Tour 21, will take place from Saturday June 19th to Sunday July 11th. We will take all 21 gruelling stages and 3,470km of the Le Tour 2021 route a week ahead of the professionals. We have 3 places remaining to join me as well! Go to www.TheTour21.com to register your interest.

As a team we are committed to raising a minimum of £1,000,000 for the charity that played a big part in saving my life. All funds raised from this event will be invested directly into the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) network which Cure Leukaemia began funding from January 2020 allowing them to open and run clinical trials for pioneering treatments for the disease. Patients from an increased catchment area of over 20 million people will have access, as a result, to potentially life-saving treatments.

Many Thanks for your support

Geoff

@GeoffThomasGTF

Rob Cotton, 54, Cheshire

Ex FTSE250 CEO and Non-Exec Chairperson

In life the opportunity to make life changing differences to other people’s lives are few and far between and to be able to help cure any cancer is an opportunity that cannot be passed up.

If that means to save lives and ultimately cure leukaemia you and your teammates have raise a £1m by pushing yourself to far beyond your known physical and mental limits, then as human being you can only say I’m in…even if it means delivering against the hardest sporting obstacle known, to ride the 21 stages of the 2021 Tour de France the day before the professionals, which has been declared the hardest in living memory by former winners…then count me in!

@robcotton1

Steve Faulkner, 35, Loughborough

 Senior Lecturer in Sports Engineering

I have always been inspired by cycling and particularly by Lance Armstrong’s story, which is something that helped me to deal with treatment for Burkitt’s Lymphoma in 2000/01 when I was only 16 years of age. My treatment included 9 months of chemo and two surgeries and I subsequently found out that I only had a 5% chance of survival. During the Sydney Olympics, I recall watching cycling and triathlon and thinking that if I made it through that it would be really cool to give triathlon a go. 5 years later I finished my degree in Sports Science at the University of Birmingham and was given the opportunity to take up cycling and triathlon and subsequently became a competitive athlete, representing GB at the 2008 World Champs and completing several half and full distance ironman events. I have always tried to share my story to show that others, particularly younger people, that undergoing chemo does not have to be a death sentence, but can open up endless possibilities in life. Since completing my degree, and subsequently PhD I have become more involved in performance sport and coaching cyclists and triathletes, including the Huub-Wattbike test team for the last two years. This event has given me the opportunity to help inspire others in the cancer battle, but also pay something back to the research community that helped to save my life and enable me to achieve the things that I have been fortunate enough to do in the 18 years since I finished my treatment.

@SHFaulkner

Matthew Fell, 40, Beckenham

Director, Deutsche Bank

As a life-long Crystal Palace fan, it is a genuine privilege and honour to be part of Geoff’s Tour 21 team, and take on the challenge to raise a significant amount of much need funding for an amazing charity.

Riding the full Tour as part of a cycling team is a true bucket list item – I am a keen long distance triathlete, although cycling is actually my weakest discipline so this will be a material personal challenge!

@matthewfell79

John Ford, 53, Bedfordshire

Head of Business, Marshall Land Rover, Bedford

The Tour de France has been my number one aspirational event to compete for as long as I can remember.

I have completed a number of endurance challenges in the past, but this really is going to be the hardest (and the best) To be able to compete in such an iconic challenge for 21 days is so exciting (and scary).

I love the fact that it will test all of my physical and mental strength for such a long period of time. I really enjoy team pursuits, so to be able to work closely together with such an amazing team on this event, in addition to raising a great deal of money for such a worthy cause has to be worth all the blood, sweat and tears.

@johnford1801

Tim Goodman, 55, South London

Engagement Director, Hermes EOS

The first time I became aware of death was when a boy at primary school had leukaemia and died.

I am a Crystal Palace fan so was, of course, very upset when news broke of Geoff’s diagnosis. But like so many others, I was inspired by the fight he showed to beat his illness and his amazing fundraising efforts.

I will wear the wristband that I bought the first time he took on the Tour for the next few months to inspire me: to have the opportunity to support his work and to indulge a daydream that I have most times that I ride my bike is something I will always cherish, even when at my limits on on the Tour and training for it.

Hayden Groves, 45, Broxbourne

Chef

I’ve been alongside Geoff on the bike, supporting and fund-raising for the charity since 2015, when I rode my first Tour.

In 2017 I was one of the quartet that rode all three Grand Tours. As a fellow Patron of the charity it would seem fitting that I’m there once again as one of his teammates in 2021 with the charity taking on more of a National focus by funding specialist research nurses at 12 different blood cancer centres across the UK.

Geoff says it will be his last ever Grand tour (or so he says … until the next one !)

@hayden1974

Sarah Hope, London

Global Credit Financing & Solutions, Deutsche Bank

I endeavour to take my passion for cycling and combine that with my desire to help others.

This will be the ultimate challenge both physically and mentally, and I couldn’t be more excited to use something I love so much (cycling) to benefit Cure Leukaemia and the incredible research they support.  I am honoured to be part of the Tour 21 Team.

@sarathletica
@sarathletica

Mike Hopkins, 61, Feckenham

College Principal/CEO

I have already undertaken a cycling event to raise money for the charity as it is our nominated charity. In addition, my father died of Leukaemia 2 years ago.

@MikeHopkins13

Ian Loggie

Semi-retired Business Owner, Cheshire

I’m looking forward to what will be a challenge of a lifetime, however to be able to be part of a team that are going to raise over a million pounds for Cure Leukaemia will make me feel that I have done something to help change a lot of people’s lives!.

James Maltin, Wiltshire

Founder, Ridgeway Investment Management

James is a Cure Leukaemia Patron and a veteran of two previous Tour de France challenges to raise funds for the charity in 2015 and 2017.

Tim Marshall, Cheltenham

A Chief Risk Officer With Siemens Financial Services

I am joining former England footballer, leukaemia survivor and Cure Leukaemia patron Geoff Thomas, to cycle the full Tour de France route one week ahead of the professionals in 2021.

The Tour 21 will take place from Saturday June 19th – Sunday July 11th 2021 when we will take on all 21 gruelling stages  of the 3,470km Tour de France 2021 route.

As a team of 25 amateur cyclists, we are committed to raising £1,000,000 for Cure Leukaemia.  All funds raised from this event will be invested directly into the national Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) network which Cure Leukaemia began funding from January 2020.

This is allowing the TAP network to open and run clinical trials for pioneering treatments for the disease, hastening the Global progress towards eradicating blood cancer.  Cure leukaemia has already made a significant impact and the funds raised will help this to continue.

Please help me raise sufficient funds to make a difference.  The chances are that we all know someone who has suffered from cancer – this is for them.

Alex (Sam) McKenna, 49, Tooting

Director and Head Of Product & Platform Engineering for DWS

I am riding the Tour de France to raise money for Cure Leukaemia for three reasons.

First and foremost, to help fund the excellent work done by the charity. Second, to challenge myself. Third, just to be able to ride it – for a cycling fan like myself, it is the ultimate.

Doug McKinnon, 59, Lewes

Director, Sigma VS

I first cycled the full Tour de France with Geoff in 2015 and after meeting Professor Craddock and patients battling the disease I very quickly understood what an important, life-saving charity Cure Leukaemia is.

I then rode all 3 Grand Tours in 2017 and have recently become a proud Patron of the charity. Cure Leukaemia has come so far in recent years and I am proud to have played my part in its growth. I am very excited to be a part of this Tour 21 team with the aim of raising £1,000,000 to benefit blood cancer patients across the UK.

@dougmc

Nigel Murray, Harrogate

COO Booths

Euphoric to have been chosen to make a difference for so many others! The World’s most famous, toughest, spectated and historic cycle race.

However brutally tough it will be and how deep and dark the places we have to go to – pales into insignificance compared to those who we will help.

@nigelmurray1970

Kevin Musgrave, 52, Wakefield

Operations Director, Sigma VS

I first became aware of Cure Leukaemia through my friend and colleague Doug McKinnon and was lucky enough to cycle a few stages with him and Geoff in 2017.

The funds raised for this charity directly help save lives and I am proud to be a part of this fantastic team.

@musgrave_kevin

Martin Smith, 43, Leicestershire

Corporate Lawyer

My motivation to help the fight against this devastating disease is the loss of my father exactly 30 years ago to Leukaemia.

My hope is to move past this loss which occurred at a very young age and has continued to affect me since.

Taking on a challenge as significant as this will help others affected by Leukaemia and also help me to move forward too. My love of cycling has assisted me both mentally and physically over the years so combined with the chance to help support Geoff and the Tour 21 Team makes this an incredible challenge.

@SmithyGT15

Andy Parker, 54, Kettering

Partner, Cooper Parry

Having cycled the 3 Tours Challenge for Cure Leukaemia in 2017 I am really excited to be a part of the Tour 21 team in 2021.

Richard Smith, 52, Preston

Company MD

I have been inspired by and followed Geoff’s story for many years from when he played football for England to the current day.

I have, and continue to support the Cure Leukaemia family and all the work they do towards finding a cure for this dreadful disease not least in being a ride captain for Cure Leukaemia in 2018 and 2019. This is my opportunity to do what i can to help the cause and to bring some much needed funding to the charity.

I too had my own battles, not with cancer but with obesity. From being in a dark, dark place I found cycling and inching mile by mile to start with I eventually lost 8 stone to become someone who can use cycling to help others and bring much needed support to those who suffer with illness.

This is the perfect opportunity to give back to something I fully understand and truly believe in.

Ian Taylor, 48, Birmingham

Venue Sales Director – Conventions & Exhibitions, The NEC Group

I fell in love with Birmingham when I moved here for work back in 2005 – it’s a unique city that’s full of creative people.

Cure Leukaemia makes a genuine difference to people’s lives and the Trials Acceleration Programme is transformational – but it needs more funding.

When Geoff Thomas was looking for people to help raise £1m with this amazing cycling challenge, I jumped at the chance.

I’m excited to be one of the Tour 21 team and can’t wait to play a part in helping Cure Leukaemia continue its fantastic work.

Matthew Townsend, 46, Cheshire

Chief Executive, Ultimate Creative Communications

There’s no bigger physical challenge on earth than cycling every stage of the Tour de France. But it pales into insignificance when put beside the challenges faced by individuals and families following a diagnosis of cancer.

Leukaemia treatment has made huge strides forward in recent years. I’m joining the Tour 21 team in taking on this challenge for the number one reason of raising £1m to fund the critical final stages of research needed to make blood cancer curable.

@Ultimate_Matt

Nicholas Trbovic, 29, London

Institutional Foreign Exchange Derivative Sales, Deutsche Bank

To take the opportunity of a lifetime raising a massive amount of money for a fantastically well organised charity and a cause where we can make a real difference while taking on the challenge of a lifetime, completing the Tour De France, pushing myself to my limit.

@nick_trbovic

Guy Wolstencroft, 51, Cheshire

CEO My Hearing Group

Euphoric to have been chosen to make a difference for so many others! The World’s most famous, toughest, spectated and historic cycle race.

However brutally tough it will be and how deep and dark the places we have to go to – pales into insignificance compared to those who we will help.

@r8uge