The biggest ride and party in football

Registration for 2018 is now open! Dust off the bikes, get your squad together, and help save men's lives. Join us for the London to Amsterdam route or the Yorkshire to Amsterdam route in June 2018.

Register your interest

Here's what you need to know about #F2A2018

  • You'll be part of Football to Amsterdam - the biggest ride and party in football, backed by the English Football League and League Managers Association.
  • The ride takes place on 1-3 June 2018, just two weeks before the World Cup kicks off.
  • Leaving rivalries on the pitch, this is your opportunity to meet likeminded fans, staff and legends of the game from across the country and embark on an epic pedal-pilgrimage to Amsterdam.
  • You'll find the 145 miles over two days of cycling will fly by as the camaraderie and banter carries you through to the Amsterdam ArenA.
  • By training for the ride you'll find it's a great way to get fit and shed some pounds in the lead up to the summer.
  • The money you raise will go towards better diagnosis and treatment, because it's not acceptable that one man dies every 45 minutes from this disease.
  • Overall, you'll have an unforgettable weekend away with support vehicles and food provided, unlimited football banter, lifelong friendships made and most of all, you'll be doing something amazing to beat prostate cancer.

Are you ready to wear the captain's armband?

This year we need strong leaders to step up to the plate and take their club into Europe. As captain of your team you'll receive support and guidance from the team at Prostate Cancer UK to help build your squad.

Think you're up to the challenge? Send us an email and we'll be in touch.

Terry Butcher's guide to the biggest and best ride in football

I've taken part in this ride twice and the camaraderie and team spirit is simply fantastic. If you're going to do one charity event a year, then this is the one to do. Here's my guide to Football to Amsterdam 2018:

1: Get signed up early

As well as getting your fundraising started early, signing up gives lots of benefits. Plus, if you're thinking of doing the Yorkshire route, the early birds can choose what time their return flight will be, so you can get that well-deserved lie in. Be warned though, the fun doesn’t stop at the finishing line in Amsterdam – the journey back to the UK is another adventure!

Terry with beer

2: Choose the right bike

If you don't have a bike, don't worry. While you can spend silly money these days, you can get a decent road bike for £250. The right bike is the key. If you are part of a team, try approaching your local bike shop to see if they will do you a deal or sponsor you with a bike. Three years ago I used an old bike and painfully regretted it. The following year, I really benefited from having the correct equipment and enjoyed the event far more than the first time.

3: Representing your club

Last year we had riders from over 60 football clubs across the Premier League, EFL and Non League. Let us know if you want to ride for your club, whether that's Arsenal or Accrington Stanley. Prostate Cancer doesn’t choose its victims: that’s why we are all Men United.

4: Hitting your target

We have a great time on this ride, but it's a much better experience going into the event having hit your fundraising target. Once registered, set up an online fundraising page (linked to your team and event) and keep an eye out for lots of ideas about how to smash your target. It's not difficult to raise money with a bit of planning and realistic expectations. Just sending an email to your family and friends might help but you need to do a little bit more than that these days. The more you raise the more help that money can buy.

5: Getting fit

Signing up early also means you have to start training early. You don't need to be Bradley Wiggins for this event but doing a regular 20-30 miles in the build up to the ride will help. You will never cycle more than 25 miles between rest stops and that’s good to remember when fatigue begins to set in. If you're part of a team it's great fun getting out for training rides (and easier too), especially when finishing with a pint or two at the end.
 

Klop-po

6: Stand out from the crowd

More and more teams are starting to produce cycling kit in their club colours. Jurgen Klopp helped out the Liverpool team last year, combining the Liver Bird with Prostate Cancer UK's logo. And my team, Ipswich Town, always have a special Tractor Boys kit.

7: Tell your story

Cycling 145 miles is no mean feat. And you probably have a really good story as to why you are doing it. Maybe you have a personal connection to the cause, you’ve got a ridiculous fundraising idea or you propose to create the biggest team on the ride. Creating a buzz around your event can encourage more riders, more sponsorship and more fun.

8: The ride itself

If you've done most of the above it'll be a breeze, and you'll have plenty of time to make friends, take in the sights and reflect on what you are achieving. Proper preparation promotes perfect pint participation!

9: Your budget

The good news is that you don't need much on the ride. Transport, accommodation and food are all covered when you arrive on the Friday until you're dropped off back at your start location on the Sunday. All you need to worry about is your beer money.

10: Enjoying it

You get out what you put in. It’s a cliché but it’s true. Build a team, get club colours on your cycling kit, organise training rides and fundraising events. Whatever you do make sure you enjoy it all and make this bike ride your biggest accomplishment in 2018. Crossing the finishing line at the Amsterdam Arena was one of the highlights of my life, and my F2A medals proudly lie alongside all my other major football honours.

See you on the starting line!

  • Les Ferdinand

    Les Ferdinand

    QPR

    QPR's Head of Football is cycling to Amsterdam

    “I’ll admit prostate cancer wasn’t on my radar a decade ago; I knew nothing about it at all. Now I do. I lost my grandfather to prostate cancer and it’s also affected other members of my family too. I’ll be 50 in December, and need to set an example to my family and my peers, so I go and see my doctor every year without fail.”

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • David Clarke

    St Albans

    England Blind Football captain, David Clarke, joins the peloton

    David Clarke will ride alongside 13 St Albans City FC supporters and players on the 145 mile journey from the Olympic Velodrome in London to the Ajax ArenA in Amsterdam.

    The St Albans City FC peloton will ride with mascot Sammy the Saint, AKA Phill Coates who will complete a triathlon of events after his own prostate cancer diagnosis.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Simon Grayson

    Preston North End

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    Simon Grayson

    Preston North End

    PNE's manager signs up for his second Football to Amsterdam experience

    “I am delighted to support Prostate Cancer UK, a charity which is very close to my heart and I’m looking forward to joining the ride for a second time in honour of my late friend Steve Garbett.

    “’Garby’ was a really close pal, who followed my career as a player and latterly as a manager and was always there to offer me support and advice.  He was there for the good and the bad before sadly passing away two years ago.

    “His brave ten-year fight opened my eyes about the dangers of this disease and I’m proud to wear my Prostate Cancer UK ‘Man of Men’ pin badge on the touchline every game to raise awareness. That man represents you, me and everyone affected by this disease.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Simon Milton

    Ipswich Town

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    Simon Milton

    Ipswich Town

    Team ITFC have raised over £150,000 on the biggest ride in football

    In 2014, former Premier League player Simon Milton organised a 20-strong Ipswich Town FC team to cycle to Amsterdam, vowing to bring 50 with him the following year. He didn't. He brought a team of 70, and a further 40 the year after.

    #TeamITFC has now raised over £150,000 to fund cutting edge research to help stop prostate cancer being a killer. They also raise money to fund the future of Ipswich Town FC via their academy. Positivity is what gets this guy on the team sheet, borne out by the Football for Good Award he won for his efforts with the club's cycling team.

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Viv Anderson

    Terry Butcher and Viv Anderson for F2A 2017

    Men United

    Viv's back for more despite the pain last year

    "Why am I doing the bike ride again this year? God only knows. But the camaraderie with the people involved was fantastic and got me through, because I was really struggling at one stage. I think this year I'll just have to do it again, train a bit harder and do a little bit better. It’s a great cause and the odds that one in four black men get prostate cancer is shocking. That's why I'm getting back on the bike."

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Alan Smith

    Alan Smith

    Arsenal FC

    Alan 'Smudger' Smith signs up for his first year of #F2A

    Ex-Leicester and Arsenal striker Alan Smith can't wait to get pedalling for Prostate Cancer UK. During Smith's time with the Gunners, he famously scored the first goal in Arsenal's League Championship at Anfield in '89 and got the winning goal of the 1993 European Cup Winners' Cup Final.

    Now, Smith is a regular commentator and pundit for Sky Sports, but more importanly has signed for Men United to take part in the biggest ride in football, helping to stop prostate cancer being a killer.

     

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Sean Davis

    Sean Davis Fulham FC

    Fulham FC

    Who put the ball in the Blackburn net? Seany Davis!

    16 years ago Sean Davis scored the decisive goal to beat Blackburn in a League One battle for top spot - his victory dance will go down in the Cottagers' history along with the crucial goal which helped them earn promotion. Fast-forward to 2017 and the ex-Fulham midfielder has signed for his old club, but this time to represent them on the biggest ride in football.

    "I’m delighted to have joined the Fulham team for the Amsterdam cycle. I’ve been involved with Prostate Cancer UK at various points over the years, and the work they do is so important. So to contribute in a small way like this, I was more than happy to get involved. It should be a great few days, too. I’ve had friends who have taken part before, and there’s a good group of Fulham supporters signed up now, so I’d encourage anyone who’s considering it to get involved."

    Interested in joining in 2017? Find out more!
  • Peter Mulqueeney

    Wigan Athletic

    Latics2Amsterdam are on fire with £20k raised so far

    Having joined Football to Amsterdam with a mate in 2015, he was back with a team of Latics fans in 2016 raising over £20,000. For the coming season, Latics2Amsterdam will be raising money for Prostate Cancer UK as part of an official charity partnership with Wigan Athletic, where the Latics will be once again backing their supporters.

    Pete and his team will be on fire by the time they reach the starting line in Barnsley in 2017, as they plan to kick off in Southport before popping by the DW stadium on their way to Oakwell next June.

    Find out what Peter and the team are up to for 2017

Frequently asked questions

Want to know a bit more before you commit to riding all that way? We've got your answers right here.

  • What's included?  

    We'll look after you and your bike throughout the event, from the moment you arrive on Friday morning at the start to the moment you say farewell on the Sunday. The support we provide includes:

    • Two nights accommodation
    • All meals from Friday lunchtime through to Sunday morning
    • Return Eurostar / flight and coach transfers back to the start point as well as bike transfers
    • Fully signed route, with feed stations, mechanical and medical support
    • Your own Men United cycle jersey
    • Professional rider numbers to wear and keep, confirming your unique entry
  • What about the ride itself?  

    How tough is the cycle?

    As long as you put in the training you’ll be fine. The ride is relatively flat, especially the second day once we get to Holland. Many of our 2016 riders started cycling again for the first time since their childhood and successfully completed the ride. If you are concerned about its difficulty, give Jon or Andy from the Sporting Events team a call on 0203 310 7034. They both completed last year's event, and can tell you want to expect in 2017.

    How fast will I have to cycle?

    You'll need to cycle at a minimum speed of 10 mph to successfully complete the event. Riders will begin cycling each day at approximately 9am, and have until 6pm to complete the days leg.

    What support will I get to help me prepare?

    We work alongside renowned coaching company RunningWithUs to provide you with expert training plans and advice on a wide range of topics from getting started, ride kit, bike handling, group riding, strength and conditioning, nutrition and more. You'll also be able to speak to the coaches at RunningWithUs throughout your training to ensure you are fully fit on ride day.

    What type of bike will I need?

    We recommend using a road bike to help with speed, style and efficiency.

  • How many people are taking part?  

    We are aiming to recruit 500 riders to the event and raise over £500,000 to help beat prostate cancer.

  • How old do I need to be?  

    You must be 18 or over to take part.

  • What do I need to sign up?  

    Once registration is open, you'll need to pay the £149 non-refundable registration fee to confirm your place. When booking your place you'll need to have your passport details to hand. There are two options:

    Option 1: Minimum sponsorship

    Pay a £149 non-refundable registration fee and then pledge to raise a minimum of £1,000 in sponsorship (excluding Gift Aid). The first £600 must be raised by 7 April to take part.

    Option 2: Self-funder

    Pay a £149 non-refundable registration fee and then pay a further £466 (for London to Amsterdam) or £546 (for Yorkshire to Amsterdam) by 7 April to cover your full event costs. We'd then ask you to raise as much as you can with a recommended minimum of £250.

  • What happens after I sign up?  

    You'll get a call from someone in the Sporting Events team to welcome you on board, followed by an email to confirm your place, together with a pack in the post which includes your Men United jersey to wear with pride throughout your preparations.

  • How can I meet others taking part?  

    Once you sign up, we'll invite you to the event's Facebook group so that you can say hello to the other riders taking part and share your preparations with everyone.

  • Where does the event start?  

    The event begins on Friday morning, either in London at the Velodrome or in Yorkshire at Barnsley Football Club

  • Can I bring my family and friends along with me?  

    We can provide you with all the travel and accommodation details so your family and friends can make their own plans to see you during the event.

  • Can I extend my stay after the event?  

    Yes, you can. Please just let us know in advance and ensure you keep hold of your bike or arrange for someone to collect it once back in the UK.

  • What are the event terms and conditions?  

    The following terms and conditions show the commitment by both you the participant, and us at Expedition Wise Ltd. These terms and conditions, along with any information provided by you and Expedition Wise Ltd will form the basis of any contract.

    Definitions

    we’, ‘us’, and ‘our’ refers to Expedition Wise Ltd as a company, or any of our employees. ‘you’ and ‘your’ meaning the participant.

    Information

    We are constantly reviewing and updating the challenges that we provide and make every effort to ensure that any information released by us is correct at the time of printing. However, things may still change after this information has been released. Should there be any significant changes, omissions or errors discovered after booking, we will make all reasonable efforts to inform you of these changes.

    Bookings

    Prior to confirming any bookings please discuss your challenge with our staff to ensure that it is suitable for you. Any person booking onto an Expedition Wise Ltd challenge must be 18 years of age or over. The person ticking the box that states you have read these terms and conditions agrees to provide us with full and accurate information and confirms that all party members understand and agree to abide by any reasonable requests made by us or any member of our staff.

    Data Protection

    Any information you provide, during enquiries or bookings, will be held on computer. Our data protection (Information Commissioner’s Office) registration number is Z1197168. Your personal data will be treated in the strictest of confidence and will not be disclosed to any third party (apart from your chosen charity if you are raising money for a charity) unless where required by law or where your consent has been given. Under the terms of the Act you have the right to obtain a copy of the information held about you upon payment of appropriate fees. Any photographs taken by the staff on the challenge may be used for marketing purposes.

    Payment

    The payment structure is detailed on the booking page and you agree to that payment structure. It details the amount that you have to pay when booking online as a non-refundable and non-transferrable registration payment as well as the minimum sponsorship pledge or self-funding amount you are to pay. It also shows the breakdown of costs if you are paying in instalments. Each instalment is non-refundable as the date passes. You are agreeing to pledge to raise the minimum sponsorship and it is your responsibility to send this to the charity. One of the simplest ways of doing this is to set up a JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving page so that all funds raised go straight to the charity.

    Changes made by you before the Challenge

    If you want to change any of your challenge details prior to the challenge beginning please contact us immediately and we will do everything possible to accommodate you. We will charge for any additional services provided, at the price that applies on the day the change is made. An administration fee may be payable to cover any costs already incurred by us prior to the date of change, however, every effort will be made to minimize this cost.

    Cancellation by you

    If you cancel, you forfeit your registration fee which is non-refundable and cannot be transferred to another event participant. You must give your notice to cancel in writing and the charges listed below apply from the date we receive this notice at our office. If you have selected the ‘Self-funder option‘ and cancel your place less than 2 calendar months prior to the start of the challenge, the full amount is payable which includes your events cost balance.

    Payment Schedule

    • If you cancel after registration the amount payable is your registration fee only.
    • If you cancel at each instalment date, that fee becomes non-refundable at that date, which includes the registration fee and instalments up to the data stated.
    • If you cancel less than 2 calendar months prior to the start of the challenge, then full amoun is payable.

    Refunds

    There is no refund available after each instalment date and the full amount is payable after the 2 calendar months prior to the start of the challenge has passed. This is due to all challenge costs being payable at the 2 calendar month stage. Our staff contracts also reflect this date with full payment needing to be paid to staff after this point.

    Financial Protection

    In the case of Expedition Wise Ltd becoming insolvent, we hold a ring fenced separate account with enough monies to refund all participant payments in full.

    Insurance

    We advise all participants to have full travel insurance for the duration of the challenge. If the challenge is fully based within the UK, then medical insurance is not a necessity as any required emergency treatment will be free under the National Health Service. We advise you take out full medical and travel insurance including repatriation cover for the duration of the challenge, stating to the insurance company all the activities that you will be involved in. If the challenge involves cycling, it may be worth taking out bike cover for the duration of the challenge with a company such as CTC.

    Cancellation by Expedition Wise Ltd

    If we have to change the details of your challenge we will inform you in writing. If we have to cancel it for whatever reason you will be offered an alternative. Should you not wish to accept the alternative you are entitled to a full refund. All cancellations will be notified in writing.

    Circumstances beyond our control

    Unless specifically stated elsewhere in these conditions we cannot pay any compensation or reimburse fees, expenses or losses or accept responsibility for any changes we deem necessary after your challenge begins. When we refer to circumstances beyond our control we mean any event that we, or our staff, could not foresee or avoid even after all reasonable care and risk assessment has been carried out. When we refer to a force majeure we mean an act of God or totally unexpected accident (e.g. lightening). Such circumstances may include (amongst others) war, terrorist activities, civil unrest, industrial disputes, bad weather (actual or threatened), road traffic incidents and road works which are not known to us prior to the challenge beginning. In these circumstances, where possible, an alternative will be offered. Should you not wish to accept the alternative no refund will be offered.

    Complaints

    We at Expedition Wise Ltd aim to provide everyone with the best experience possible. If you are not satisfied with your challenge you must inform your challenge Director at the earliest possible opportunity. If they are unable to help you or following their assistance you are still not satisfied you must bring this to the attention of the Duty Director. This can be done by calling the main office number or by asking your challenge Director to call. All complaints must be made within 28 days of the challenge finishing date. Except in cases of personal injury or death no claims will be considered outside of this time scale.

    Contact Details

    Telephone: 01978 750636

    Email: info@expeditionwise.com

    Declaration:

    By ticking the terms and conditions box on the booking page on the website, you agree to have understood all of the above and accept the written terms of this contract.

  • I'd like to ask something else  

    Contact the Sporting events team online or give them a call on 0203 310 7034.

     

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