The cycling team consists of six women and seven men between the ages of 17 and 62 and comprises a smorgasbord of transplants, namely 1 heart, 1 bone marrow, 4 livers and 7 kidneys. Frankly, without a transplant and immunosuppressant therapy to stop us from rejecting, none of us would be alive, let alone able to race bikes.
This year, the team is being sponsored and supported by Pro Vision, Cycling Plus and Therakos. If you’re involved in cycling at all you’ll be familiar with two of those names but Therakos might be a mystery. We’d like to say a big thanks to these guys for the vital support they have given to us.
We do this for a couple of reasons, one because we enjoy it, but also it’s our way of raising awareness of the success of all kinds of transplantation. We figure the cycling community is a tight knit one, generous in giving it’s time and energy to the right causes. Just witness the rain soaked freezing cold marshals and the any amount of guys riding LEJOG for charity. So our plea to you is to have a think about joining the donor register and, if you decide to sign up, let us know about it @GBTxCyclists on Twitter because we’d like to tell the rest of the world about what a hero you are.
More before we hit Heathrow…. Thanks. Rich