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Have you got Dutch courage?

26 January 2014

… then join the City pedal-bashers!

The explosion in cycling over the past few years in the UK has been nothing less than phenomenal, no place more so than Exeter, one of the UK’s original cycle challenge cities. 

Add in a successful cycling Olympics and back-to-back Tour de France wins, it’s no wonder two wheels are the talk of the town, not four.

If you are one of the many thousands of local people who  enjoy leisure riding, are up for a challenge and would be prepared to raise money for  charity, then read on…

Exeter City have been invited to take part in the 2014 Football League ‘London to Amsterdam Challenge’, which is to cycle nearly 150 miles from London to the Dutch capital in just two days, with an overnight trip on the Harwich-Hook of Holland ferry.  We leave London from the Matchroom Stadium in East London, home of Leyton Orient, stopping by for refreshments at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in Colchester, before pressing on to the final destination – the heart of Amsterdam.

This challenge, which takes place from the 6th to 8th June 2014, is open to anyone who can commit to raising £1,000 to Prostate Cancer UK – and more details are available at the Men United v Prostate Cancer website here:  

Over 10,000 men a year die from prostate cancer – that’s a strike rate of almost one man an hour – and for those who do survive, there are often continuing problems of incontinence and impotence.  The Football League is organising representative teams from all clubs to help fight this dreadful disease.

The Grecians are doing their bit by putting a team together to rise to the challenge, under team captain Richard Horne.  Richard is not a footballer – nor in the first flush of youth – but is up for a challenge!  He helps out in City’s back office and has offered to help organise City’s response to this worthwhile cause. 

So the challenge is open to anyone, young or old, who is confident of doing the distance and raising the money.  For more information about the local initiative please contact Richard at

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