Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delft Touch for a Pounds 100,000 Ride

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delft Touch for a Pounds 100,000 Ride

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Cyclists who started fundraising when they lost two friends to cancer will hit their pounds 100,000 target with their 10th anniversary trip this year ( riding across the North Sea.

Newcastle City Riders was founded by Paul Riding and his friend Les Routledge, both from Wallsend, after a mutual friend and Les's father-in-law both died of leukaemia.

They have organised a trip every year for 10 years raising cash for a variety of cancer charities including the Haematological Sciences and Leukaemia Research Unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, which is benefiting again this time round.

Les, 51, a technician, of Gibson Street, Wallsend, said: "It's our 10th anniversary ride and will be the most ambitious yet.

"We'll be cycling across the North Sea ( by means of a static exercise bike on board our ferry, then pedalling through Holland to Delft.

"We've planned a big party there. The riders will be treated to a civic reception and then an open-air rock concert with bands who are travelling with us from Tyneside. …

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