PCUK trip a great experience for Mike Barlow
Mike Barlow took part in the London to Amsterdam ride in aid of PCUK at the weekend and rose to the challenge.
Mike works in the Greenhous Meadow kitchen and has been a keen cyclist for many years. While most of the riders took to the latest carbon fibre bikes Mike completed the route on a retro Trevor Jarvis Flying Gate bike.
After leaving from London Mike kept up a great pace and stayed with the leading group all the way to Amsterdam despite the heavier steel frame.
More than 250 riders left Leyton Orient's ground and headed for Harwich to catch the ferry to the Hook of Holland. Once over the channel it was a welcome flatter ride all the way into Amsterdam to finish the route.
The ride was to raise awareness and funds for Prostate Cancer UK's ongoing PCUK campaign.
Mike was back in the kitchen early this week and enjoyed the challenge of the PCUK ride:”It was a brilliant experience and great to meet so many great people over the ride.
“There was a really nice togetherness between all the riders and this made it a lot easier to complete.
“Being one of the only riders on an older bike everyone was interested to take a look at the bike I was using.
“I was quite surprised to find how many hills there were on the way to Harwich, these made it interesting but once we got across the channel it was nice to get onto the flat.
“People said it was the biggest ride yet and everyone helped to raise a lot of money which will go to help a lot of people.”
You can still make a donation to Mike's PCUK fundraising page by going to -