Sky Blues corporate sales manager preparing for 150-mile bike trip to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK
A key member of Coventry City’s office team is completing a charity bike ride this summer in order to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK – and is getting backing from a leading sports store.
Tynan Scope, corporate sales manager for the Sky Blues, will be saddling up to take on a mammoth 150 mile trip from London to Amsterdam, alongside plenty of other riders including former England and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett.
While the journey promises to be picturesque, it is also not for the faint-hearted. On June 6, riders will depart Leyton Orient’s Matchroom Stadium in London destined for the heart of the cobbles and canals of Amsterdam. The trip is split into two days, the first is a 90 mile stretch before an overnight ferry and 60 miles on day two.
Tynan admits he has never ridden a road bike but has been a keen mountain biker before, and says his rigorous training programme will be worth it so he can help raise awareness for a good cause.
Tynan’s colleague at the club, John Bloxham, has previously battled the disease, he will be firmly in his thoughts during the challenge.
“I know of a couple of people that have had prostate cancer,” Tynan said.
“John Bloxham has had it and he was the first person to sponsor me. He really looked after me when I first came to club as a teenager and it will be great to start training with him being a motivation.
“I haven't been mountain biking for over two years though! I've never ridden a road bike and my bike specific training hasn’t started – yet!
“I started to go back to the gym at the end of August and have now started training for the Coventry Half Marathon which is in March, followed by the ride in June. So I’m working hard and I feel better from the exercise I’ve already been doing.
“It's a great cause and I want to help raise awareness. One in eight men are likely to be diagnosed with the disease in their lifetime, and that’s something that we really need to bring to people’s attention.”
Tynan will be riding with all the latest equipment as he has been kindly provided with all the gear he will need on his excursion by Decathlon.
The company will be providing Tynan with a bike, cycling clothing, maintenance and repairs ahead of his journey and store manager Ashley Wright is delighted to help him in his attempt to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
“All of us here at Decathlon are supporting Tynan,” Ashley said. “We wanted to help him with the best equipment to help him raise money for a really good cause.
“We were more than happy to give Tynan the equipment he needs to help raise the profile of an excellent charity, and we wish him the very best of luck!”
Over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, with a quarter of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in UK men being prostate cancers.
To help support Tynan and Prostate Cancer UK please visithttp://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/TynanScope
For all the latest on Tynan’s preparation follow him on Twitter @Tynan2Amsterdam and Sky Blue fans can find more details and sign up at prostatecanceruk.org/amsterdam to join Tynan on the ride and represent CCFC for the London-Amsterdam cycling challenge.