LES Ferdinand hasn’t only been putting in the miles for QPR as he works hard to help Ian Holloway build his squad for the 2017/18 campaign – QPR’s Director of Football has also been getting a sweat on in preparation for Prostate Cancer UK’s big cycle which takes place in eight days’ time.
Ferdinand will saddle up for the fifth annual Football to Amsterdam ride - in conjunction with the EFL - from 9th-11th June, raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, a charity close to his heart after he lost his grandfather to the disease.
In preparation for tackling the 145-mile stretch from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s Lee Valley VeloPark to the capital of the Netherlands, Ferdinand has been working on his pedal power.
“I’ve been working hard on the bike to keep my fitness ticking over – 5.30am rides in the morning have been needed,” he told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I did 50 miles the other morning, so I think I will be ok. Come the 9th June I’m sure I will be ready for it.”
Ferdinand has raised more than £8,000 so far, and added: “I have had some good support and a lot of people have put some good money behind it.
“It’s for a very worthy cause and I’m looking to raise as much as I can.”
Starting out as a charity challenge with 35 riders in 2013, the Football to Amsterdam bike ride from Prostate Cancer UK and the EFL reached an incredible £1million cumulative fundraising landmark last year, as 350 riders rode to stop prostate cancer being a killer.
One in eight men in the UK will be affected by this disease in their lifetime. For black men, the risk is even greater – one in four will be affected, and if there is a history of the disease in the family those odds are even shorter.
Many people are unaware that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It’s a huge issue that cannot be ignored.
People are urged to search Men United and join the fight.
You can donate towards Ferdinand’s cycle by clicking HERE.