Colchester's Velo Schils cyclists will wear our logo on their shirts for the five-day Rás na mBan event in County Kilkenny this week, in a sporting first for a women's team promoting a male disease.

3 Sep 2018

A Colchester women’s cycling team will be wearing the fight against prostate cancer on their shirts as they ride out in Ireland’s premier roadrace this week.

The Velo Schils team will compete in the five-day Rás na mBan around County Kilkenny with Prostate Cancer UK’s logo splashed across their lycra, after one of the team’s sponsors suggested the idea.

"When the women’s team manager approached me to see if there was any possibility of additional sponsorship for getting the women into the Rás na mBan, I thought it would be a really unique idea to have a women's sports team promoting a men’s charity," says Steve Pennock, whose company, Parenesis Ltd, sponsors Velo Schils.

Hopefully this shirt sponsorship will get more people aware of the disease

The cause is close to Steve’s heart and he’s already ridden in aid of us himself, as part of a team of Velo Schils cyclists doing RideLondon two years ago and again last year.

"About eight years ago, my good friend Brian was successfully treated for prostate cancer – as was my uncle five years ago," says Steve. "My grandad also died from it so, due to our family history, my brother and I have started having PSA tests.

"Hopefully this shirt sponsorship will get more people aware of a disease that affects 1 in 8 men in the UK."

Nicola Soden in her new lycra top

Cyclist Nicola Soden in her Prostate Cancer UK-sponsored shirt

Sandra Mackay will head up the team of five riders racing as 'Datalynx-Parenesis-Schils Women's Race Team in support of Prostate Cancer UK'. She compares the charity matchup with that set up by Paralympian Sarah Storey and her 'Boot out Breast Cancer' cycling team – but with a unique male twist.

"I’ve done the Rás na mBan four times before, but never in Kilkenny," says Sandra. "You can follow our progress on a constantly updated twitter feed @RasnamBan and on TV, channel RTE."

Best of luck ladies! Chapeau for your brilliant support.

Help the team reach their £1k fundraising target for us by donating on their JustGiving page.

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