September 26th, 2012 by Male Uprising in Guernsey
The 12 mile family-friendly coastal bike ride is open to everyone from seven years up and will follow Guernsey’s scenic coast-line including paths never before opened to the public.
The ride starts at 9 am from Vale Castle and will follow the coast via Bordeaux, Beaucette Marina, Lancresse, Pembroke Bay, Grande Havre and Port Soif before coming inland via a nature trail and finishing at Saumarez Park tea rooms.
The event can accommodate up to 600 riders of all ages and fitness levels and avoids all but a few short stretches of road.
To add an extra challenge for the more adventurous participants, there will be a series of wooden obstacles.
“There are ten different ramps – zig-zags, see-saws and sharks’ teeth which will add to the excitement of the ride but anyone wanting a more sedate ride can go around them,” Ian Brown, a MUG Trustee and organiser of the event, said.
“Their annual sunset walk attracts hundreds of participants and has become a regular event in the Guernsey calendar.”
“We hope Dominion Fund Management MUG Bike Ride will not only raise funds for the charity but also raise awareness and understanding of male cancers on Guernsey,” he said.
MUG’s focus for 2012 is prostate cancer which is the most common male cancer in the UK.
Mr. Owen Cole, Guernsey’s Consultant Urologist said “early detection and improved treatment means that whilst incidence of prostate cancer is increasing, survival rates are improving.”
“MUG is doing a great job of raising awareness of male cancers in Guernsey.”
“We’re looking forward to receiving new equipment for our department which has been funded by the charity with support from Prostate Cancer Guernsey and La Grande Mare Golf Club. This enables us to provide high quality prostate cancer treatment on-island,” he said.
The coastal course opens up private land and gives people the opportunity to enjoy stunning scenery they may not normally have access to. Ramps and obstacles aside, the course is a gentle ride that should take around two to three hours to complete.
“The route will be well sign-posted and we will have lots of marshals on-hand to guide riders and ensure safety and enjoyment for all participants,” said organizer Ian Brown.
Tim Nelson, CEO of the Dominion Group said “our involvement started with our own staff wanting to take part in the ride and it spiraled from there.”
“We were disappointed that the ride had to be cancelled in the summer because of wet weather but there was no question of us not supporting this rescheduled event – it promises to be a brilliant day out for all the family,” he said.
Entry forms are available from all cycle shops and can also be download from the MUG website.
All entries must reach Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop, Les Banques, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 2HZ by Friday 12 October 2012.
Please contact Ian Brown at Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop on 721581 if you wish for more information about the Dominion MUG Mountain Bike Ride.
Male Uprising In Guernsey (MUG) was established as a Charitable Trust in February 2012. The charity aims to increase awareness of male cancers and to help those who are affected by prostate, bowel and testicular cancer.
MUG was the idea of Trevor Kelham who was motivated by the personal loss of too many family members and friends too early in their lives to male cancer. Trevor took inspiration from the phenomenal success of Pink Ladies in the Bailiwick.
Patron Roger Allsopp has vast experience in the medical world. His passion in raising the profile of cancer awareness and his personal swimming achievements to aid HOPE for Guernsey are an encouragement to us all.
The Committee includes members of Guernsey Police, HSSD, Pink Ladies, Prostate Cancer Guernsey and many others who share the goal of raising awareness of male cancers and urging men to get tested and treated earlier.
In order to help Guernsey males worried or afflicted by prostate, bowel and testicular cancer, MUG aims to raise the sum of £250,000 over the next three years. This is an ambitious goal but the island has always shown tremendous determination to help those in need.
The education and awareness campaign is centered on proactivity and to motivate men, whatever their age, to be more assertive, responsive and questioning of their symptoms or concerns. They should seek medical advice at the earliest possible juncture instead of procrastinating- which can have deadly consequences.
37,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year in the UK.
Prostate cancer is our primary focus for 2012 with bowel and testicular following in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
We are proud in 2012 to be working with Robin Penna and Prostate Cancer Guernsey who already do a fantastic job for those suffering from prostate cancer. We at MUG want to do even more!