Ipswich Town are leading the way in terms of team recruitment in our London to Amsterdam Challenge for 2015 - thanks to their manager Mick McCarthy, who helped to launch the #ITFC during the November 2014 international break at their training academy on the outskirts of Ipswich.
Mick spoke to us about his own love of cycling, why he's supporting the ride and the progress made by Ipswich Town this season. He also took time out to speak to talkSPORT to help further promote the ride.
Here's Mick speaking to us at the press conference:
Mick McCarthy on why he is supporting the London to Amsterdam Challenge
"People hear enough bad news in their lives as it is, without going and getting the worst news, which is 'I’m sorry but you or one of your family members have got the big C'.
"Nobody wants to hear that, so people are resistant to getting tested. But of course, the earlier you do it, the better it is - and if you have got it, it’s not going to go away. It’s just going to get worse and worse.
"You’re better off finding it as early as you can, getting treated, and you’ve got a better chance of being successful. I’m speaking as a guy who lost both parents. My mother was 53 and my father was 71. I’m older than my mother was when she died. I do get my checks done. People think I’m paranoid - I’m not, but when you have both parents who have died of cancer you are at a greater risk. Go and get checked. I tell you what, when you get the good news from your doctor, ‘No, there’s nothing wrong with you. See you in 12 months’, it's worth having a beer afterwards to celebrate.”
Listen to Mick talking on the H&J Show on talkSPORT on Thursday 12 November 2015:
To join Ipswich Town's London to Amsterdam Challenge team email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the event and represent your own team on the ride,visit our London to Amsterdam Challenge site today.