16 Sep 2013

On Sunday 6 October a team of Royal Mail employees are set to saddle up and take on the police in a 100 mile cycling challenge, to raise vital funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Each team  will ride an epic 100 miles through the stunning New Forest National Park along the course of the popular Wiggle New Forest Sportive with the fastest team decided by the top 12 times of each team.

The course sweeps through the quiet country roads and picturesque villages, with breathtaking views. Average speeds are 20mph and the course has a 4,078ft elevation gain - allowing the cyclists to take on some short but challenging hills.

The Royal Mail team is taking on the challenge as part of its Charity of the Year partnership with Prostate Cancer UK, which began in earnest in September 2012. Since the partnership launched, Royal Mail and its employees have raised over £1 million, including matched funding.

Matt Bottrill, leader of the Royal Mail team and often referred to as the fastest postman on a bicycle is the current British national 50mile champion and circuit champion, and has won 25 races this season out of 28 starts. He is excited to be riding with colleagues in what will be the first national team challenge for Royal Mail.

Matt, who has been a postman for 16 years, said: "This will hopefully be the first of many cycling challenges as a team. When it comes to fundraising, the Posties will benefit from matched funding for every penny in sponsorship they raise, effectively doubling their total. 250,000 men are currently living with prostate cancer in the UK and 40,000 are diagnosed every year so we'd all like to do our bit to support them."

The police will be led by former Great Britain track cyclist, Dave Baker, who is secretary of the British Police Cycling Section and has coordinated and competed with the police team over many years. Dave said: "We know there are plenty of great cycling Posties, including of course, Matt Bottrill but our experience as a team should give us the edge."

Cyclists from both teams are urging those in the cycling world to sponsor them in order to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, which provides support to men and their families who are affected by the disease.

This event is one of many fundraising initiatives that Royal Mail has undertaken in support of Prostate Cancer UK. Royal Mail Group and its employees aim to raise at least £2 million for Prostate Cancer UK over the course of the partnership.

People can show their support by making a donation online

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