Three Tours Challenge
Farr Vintners is proud to announce that we are the main sponsor of former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas’s remarkable “Three Tours Challenge” in aid of the blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.
Geoff and his 4 team-mates will cycle, consecutively, the three classic Grand Tours – The Giro d’Italia, Le Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana. They will cycle a total of 10,504km, all in only 63 days of cycling just one day ahead of the likes of Chris Froome in the main professional events. That distance equates to travelling from Birmingham to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Only 39 professional cyclists have previously completed this challenge. No amateur or professional team has done it before.
The aim of the challenge is to try to raise £1m to help blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia fully fund the expansion of the internationally renowned Centre for Clinical Haematology. Not only will the expanded Centre immediately save more lives but it will also hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 25 years. Farr Vintners has made a £100,000 donation to kick start this epic event that supports a wonderful charity.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the event, Geoff said “We have been training extremely hard and with just days until we start we feel as ready as we can be for what lies ahead. It would not be possible to take on this challenge without the incredibly generous support of Farr Vintners which will allow us to raise significant funds towards Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Centre Appeal”.
In addition, England Manager Gareth Southgate was keen to show his support “As a former teammate of Geoff’s I know what a brave and committed player he was and these qualities will have no doubt helped him through his own battle with blood cancer. His fundraising since he beat the disease has not only raised millions but also inspired so many people in the process.”
The challenge starts on Thursday May 4th in Italy. We would hope that as many Farr Vintners customers as possible will support the challenge by making a donation here.
More information on the Three Tours Challenge Sponsored by Farr Vintners can be found here.