Geoff Thomas Takes on the World of Mountain Biking
Former England and Crystal Palace footballer, Geoff Thomas, takes on another grueling challenge when he leads a four-man team in the Twentyfour12 mountain bike race at Lodgewood Park, Shropshire. The event will be a first for Thomas who has never ridden mountain bikes. Diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) in July 2003, he was given three years to live. He is now in remission and inspired by the books of fellow cancer sufferer Lance Armstrong, dedicates his time to raising money through cycling endurance events.
Thomas first took up cycling in March last year having just gone into remission. He completed the 2,200 mile Tour de France four months later in the same number of days as the professionals and raised over £170,000 for his leukaemia appeal. Since the start of this year he has raised over £200,000, donating all proceeds from his benefit football match to leukaemia charities.
Twentyfour12 mixes a 12 hour and 24 hour mountain bike race, taking place over the weekend of 22-23 July. Thomas' team will be wearing the number 23 shirt, designed specifically by designer and cycling enthusiast Paul Smith. Geoff will be joined by MTB legend Gary Fisher for his Twenty Four 12 team challenge.
"I know how incredibly fortunate I am to be here today. Three years ago, I was given just three years to live but thanks to amazing treatment and support I am able to compete in races such as Twentyfour12. Trek has been an incredible sponsor and this event will be another great challenge."
Brian Buckle, of Trek UK said:
"Geoff's determination to help others is a tremendous inspiration to all of us and Trek is a proud sponsor of all his efforts. Geoff's decision to compete in the Twentyfour12 is another example of his generous spirit."
To donate, sponsor or for more information visit www.geoff-thomas.com