After his brother Kevin was diagnosed with bowel cancer, Neil knew it wouldn’t be an easy road. He says;
“He has been prodded and poked in places he won’t want me to mention! He has had surgery to remove part of his bowel, giving him a new nickname of ‘Kev Semi-Colon’. He has a C-Section scar to empathise with the female species. He is currently undergoing 6 months of Chemotherapy to eliminate any traces of the cancer.”
What Neil may not have known at the time is that he and Kevin would end up cycling the 100 mile Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100… dressed as women!
Neil points out that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and affects around 1 in 19 women and 1 in 14 men. He adds that when diagnosed early at stage 1, more than nine out of ten (97%) people survive this type of cancer for five years or more. At stage 4, this drops to less than one in ten (7%).
Neil decided to take on his fundraising challenge for Beating Bowel Cancer, a charity which aims to raise awareness as well as campaigning for better screening processes for the disease.
To help support his brother, Neil decided to take on the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. To amplify the amount raised for charity as much as possible, Neil decided to set some targets.
If he managed to raise more than £500 he would do the race on a fold up bike, while if he raised over £1000 his brother Kevin would join him. As the total surpassed £5000, Neil and Kevin had to think up something even bigger. So in the end they donned their dresses and took on the mammoth cycle dressed as women (and cycled it on 1970s made fold up bikes with 3 gears!)
Neil tells us that the race was not as bad as they had expected and they completed it in 8 hours and 46 minutes, spurred on by comments such as “you could have shaved your legs” and “you look good from the back, but not so good from the front.”
Help support Neil and Kevin
You can help the brothers raise even more for this fantastic charity by donating to their fundraising page.