Sir Les Ferdinand in his custom Le Col Kit, ready to ride form London to Amsterdam for Prostate Cancer UK

Sir Les Ferdinand on a Pedal-Pilgrimage to Amsterdam

Football legend Sir Les Ferdinand got suited n' booted in his custom Le Col QPR kit for a 145 mile ride to The Netherlands this weekend, and he wasn’t alone…

Football to Amsterdam is an annual event which sees a mass of football fans join their heroes for a pedal-pilgrimage from London to Amsterdam, raising funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK

Dubbed the 'biggest ride in football' and now in it’s fourth year, the event has become a roaring success, offering fans of the beautiful game and survivors of prostate cancer a chance to push themselves over 145 miles - a distance most have never taken on before.

Of his reasons for taking part in the ride, Sir Les said: “I’ve been in a privileged position as a footballer, coach and now Director of football, but I’m also a son and a father and want to be a role model outside the beautiful game. If men want to be macho, they shouldn’t walk away from problems; they should face it head on.”

This year, Sir Les was joined by fellow football superstars Terry Butcher, Viv Anderson, Alan Smith, Sean Davis and Simon Grayson, but the ride wasn’t about the famous faces - it was much more about the ordinary members of the peloton, who’d signed up to push themselves to their limit.

Like Laura Dear, who took part in the ride along with her dad Paul after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 60. Laura said: “If you’d asked me a year ago to get on a bike without an engine, I would have laughed at you.” 

After being inspired by her dad’s resilience in the face of the disease - Laura saddled up, joined Sir Les and the team and put herself through the mill too.

We couldn’t be prouder of everyone who took part this weekend - a shining example of what we already believe to be true: back yourself - you’re capable of more than you know.
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