Dale fans Simon Hammonds and Peter Oliver recently represented Rochdale AFC at this year’s Football to Amsterdam challenge, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.
“Over the years, I have sponsored some of the players, as well as sponsoring matches, so I have got to know the Communications and Marketing team quite well.
“When the club approached me and Simon to represent Team Rochdale at this event, we jumped at the chance. It allowed us to do something we love – cycling, on behalf of our other love – Rochdale Football
Club. I feel very privileged.
“I am very grateful to everyone who donated/ sponsored us, because we have raised a fantastic amount of money for a very worthy cause, which is superb.
“It was a well-organised event and a brilliant experience. Simon and I are going to do it again next year and we’re hoping to rally a few more people to do it with us!”
There’s still time to donate. To donate, visit the duo’s JustGiving Page > https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/team-rochdale
Peter has penned this blog about his time in the saddle…
It was very misty when we arrived in Rotterdam on Saturday 4th June. We disembarked and collected our bikes form the car park. 128 of us in total, all representing different football clubs form around the UK, had set off from Barnsley.
Holland is fantastic for cycling. There are cycle lanes everywhere and it is virtually pan flat. We set off up the coast of Holland, took a short ferry ride across a river and then put the hammer down to get to the first lunch stop after 33miles. By the time we got there the mist had gone and the sun was burning down – 27 degrees – lovely. We then had a peloton of about 10 riders, all of whom were good road cyclists, so we gave it some welly up the Dutch coast. We met with the second group of cyclists who had set off from London, before getting on the ferry at Harwich. There was about 160 riders, mostly from the South of England.