Barnby Moor cyclist takes on the Tour

by | 7 March 2018 | Community Focus, Retford

Barnby Moor weekend cyclist Phil Wright is gearing up to cycle the first stage of the 2018 Tour de France ahead of the professionals, while raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. He is one of 250 cyclists who have signed up to the Grand Depart Classic charity challenge in June and he has set up a JustGiving page to help him reach his £1,000 fundraising target.

Phil has always had an interest in the Tour De France and only started cycling four years ago after having been encouraged by a work colleague. He is building up his miles by trying to get out for a ride twice a week, work permitting, adopting a healthier diet and keeping off the alcohol too.

“For some unknown reason, after much thought and debate, I have decided to ride the route of the first stage of ‘Le Tour de France’ 2018 and raise money for Prostate Cancer,” he said.

“Why, why, why? I am 59 years old, slightly overweight and unfit, but I am determined to do it and raise a lot of money in the process for a fantastic charity. It’s only 195km… only.”

Taking place in the Vendée region of western France, this four-day event (one day riding) is an opportunity to cycle on roads freshly paved for the pros, two weeks ahead of the Tour, and make a real difference to the lives of men with prostate cancer.

Phil knows that cycling the first stage of the Tour De France won’t be easy, but he is up for the challenge, after being encouraged to sign up by his wife. Luckily this area of the Vendee is fairly flat, with maybe a breeze off the Atlantic, which is a good job as he doesn’t like hills!

Phil added: “I’m not sure I will see much of the scenery, with my head down and bum up, but I definitely need your support in reaching my target of £1,000. Thank you for any support you can offer.

“Sadly, men dying from prostate cancer has overtaken female deaths from breast cancer for the first time in the UK from recent published figures and is important that research continues to fight this disease.”

All of the riders are sharing their training hints, tips and challenges on a Facebook group, Grande Depart Classic — Prostate Cancer UK, with riders from across the UK taking part. He will be supported and encouraged along the way by the support team from Prostate Cancer UK and the other 249 riders.

This is the third year the ride has taken place and the largest number of riders this year so far, and they hope to raise over £250,000 to help support research into Prostate Cancer.

If people want to donate they can do so by going to the JustGiving website at