Richard Salisbury, bike fit pro and sports rehabilitation specialist, is a long-standing friend of the 5plus office and an inspiring bloke.
In the middle of June he and three other cancer survivors will take on the world’s toughest bike race – the infamous Race Across America (RAAM)
That’s 3,1000 miles from the West coast of America to the East, crossing 12 states and climbing 170,000ft, the equivalent of scaling Mount Everest six times.
Riding in pairs in a non-stop relay, with a support team behind them, if they finish the grueling race in just seven days they will have set a new World Record and hopefully raised tens of thousands of pounds for the wonderful charity – Cyclists Fighting Cancer.
Founded in 2005 the charity helps children and young people with cancer across the UK to regain physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new bikes, adapted trikes, tandems, other equipment and support to get them moving and give them the freedom we know cycling can bring.
To date the charity has made over 4,500 bike and trike awards but needs funds to keep up the work.
We are supporting the RAAM challenge in any way we can and wish good luck to Richard and the team who have all had their own personal battles with cancer. Richard,39, was diagnosed with blood cancer aged 21 and while 16 years in remission is still managing nerve and heart damage. He rides alongside Mike Grisenthwaite, 55, blood cancer, Kevin Musgrave, 52, testicular cancer and Carol Sheehan, 51, thyroid cancer.
You can follow their progress – and more importantly show your support and donate here.
Cyclists Fighting Cancer also has a shop in Prestbury where you can donate cycling equipment, from bikes to clothing, which is then sold to raise funds.
Richard’s work website is here.