In August, we called on the public to saddle up and hit the road - or exercise bike - as part of our first Cycle the Month charity challenge.
Our call was answered by an incredible 847 cyclists, who decided to hit 100 miles their way to help us beat the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the UK.
Cycle the Month saw supporters of all ages take on trails, hills and tarmac across the UK, with a staggering 96,293 miles covered over the 31 days - that’s enough to cycle around the globe almost four times!
The incredible efforts have raised a fantastic £235,000 so far, so we thought we’d share the stories of some of the cyclists who have helped make Cycle the Month so successful.
Jonathan, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year, was Cycle the Month’s biggest fundraiser, raising an incredible £10,500.
“I was diagnosed with locally advanced prostate cancer at the end of February at the age of 56. I had already decided in January to work on my fitness so when I was diagnosed I just doubled down to see how fit I could get!
“I had been toying with the idea of trying to raise some money for Prostate Cancer UK through cycling, so when I saw the challenge it was ideal. The riding has been very enjoyable and I managed to surpass 400 miles and got my sponsorship to over £10,000.
“I’m a very lucky man. Exercise keeps me side effect-free and I was recently told I was in remission, so raising money for Prostate Cancer UK was a total no brainer!”
Instead of hitting the road, Paula took to her static bike in August, raising £1,250.
“I had to self isolate for more of August while my husband, David, waited for a radical robotic prostatectomy which had been delayed due to Covid-19.
Cycling has been a great distraction for me and a brilliant way of raising much-needed funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
One of the best things about Cycle the Month was the great support and encouragement from fellow cyclists on the challenge’s Facebook page.
David is now three weeks post-op and recovering well."
Steve, who has recently recovered from prostate cancer, saw Cycle the Month as an opportunity to explore his local area after moving house.
“I loved Cycle the Month. I really enjoyed getting out on the road and finding some new routes and I also found that I was more able to ride longer distances than I thought.
“I’m really pleased with my fundraising too. I asked people from work to donate as a leaving present as I’ve recently changed jobs, and they’ve helped me raise a great amount. I joined a team set up by a friend who’s dad is undergoing treatment at the moment, and she’s loved getting back on her bike again too.”
Barry, 70, tackled more than 400 miles after having his own prostate cancer experience:
“409 miles covered, 16 rides through the Forest of Dean, south and mid Wales and north Devon - not bad for a 70-year-old guy who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 44 and told to prepare for the worst!
It was all mind over matter and positive thinking. A lovely wife and family helped enormously.
I’m just so pleased to have been able to have taken part in Cycle the Month for Prostate Cancer UK.”
Thank you to all those who took part in Cycle the Month 2020 and we look forward to welcoming everyone back next year for Cycle the Month 2021. But if you can’t wait until then, click here to learn more about organising your own cycling event.