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Myeloma UK London to Paris 2017

Amgen UK and Ireland is supporting the Myeloma UK London to Paris ride 25-29 May 2017, by sponsoring an Amgen team of 10 riders. Myeloma UK has teamed up with cycling event specialists Edge to stage this event with professional-quality support including rolling road closures, support vehicles and mechanical back-up. The London to Paris ride will be a challenging 4 day event, which will mean a whopping 500km for each rider. At the finish, the riders will arrive in Paris under police escort up to the Arc de Triomphe and then on to finish at the Eiffel Tower. 
Through this major fundraising event Myeloma UK aims to accelerate scientific breakthroughs and transform the clinical trial environment in myeloma. Amgen is a corporate partner for the event and together with Amgen Europe colleagues, is entering a total of twenty-five keen cyclists for the event. While the entry fee is funded by Amgen, all of the riders are undertaking their own personal fundraising of a minimum of £1,500 each. In this feature, you'll meet the Amgen team, find out a little more about them and what it takes to undertake an endurance cycling event.

John Kearney

Myeloma UK is a wonderful charity which is making a massive difference for patients including a programme of ground-breaking research which promises to render the disease a chronic manageable condition in the future. I am cycling from London to Paris this May for Myeloma UK to enable it to carry on providing critical support to patients, carers and their families.

I'm a cycling novice after being forced to give up running due to a recent ankle replacement.  The ride will be a real challenge for me, my ankle and my wife Lesley who is riding with me.

Christine Fletcher

Five years ago at the age of 40, my brother-in-law was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He received a series of myeloma treatments via clinical trials, but unfortunately he passed away in November 2016. I am riding the 2017 Myeloma UK bike ride in memory of my brother-in-law, who was a huge cycling fan, and to raise money to help other patients suffering with myeloma.  Myself, I am new to cycling so the 500 km ride will be a significant challenge for me, but one that I am really looking forward to!

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Ritu Jones

It is a privilege to be part of the team representing Amgen, and raising awareness and necessary funds for Myeloma UK. I have been part of various volunteering activities such as London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony and Comic Relief events. But I am new to cycling and the training is torturous so this is a significant challenge. I am doing it in the hope that the funds we raise would benefit the patients with the care and treatment they need. Let’s make Myeloma History!

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Jo Kelly 

My cycling journey began 8 years ago when I arrived in the UK and has progressed from "towpath" mountain biking to charging down the hills of Afan Forest, and racing 90 km in middle distance triathlons. I have had the chance to cycle in some amazing places like South Africa, Italy, Spain, and the Canaries (you see the weather trend!) I am excited and anxious about spending 4 days in the saddle.

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Colman Keane

I have been a leisure cyclist for the last 7 or 8 years (mainly when the weather has been good!). I have taken part in several one-day events over the years but this will be my biggest test on the bike to date. I'm looking forward to completing this challenge with my Amgen colleagues and I'm delighted to help raise some much needed funds for this very worthy cause.

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Rachel Bowman

A bicycle has always been a part of my life – even when life gets in the way I’ve known a bike ride won’t be too far away. Ten years ago I joined a triathlon club, intending to learn to swim properly but got sucked in and have since participated in several triathlons.  Injury forced me to give up running and swimming but thankfully not cycling.  I’m currently on the up from an enforced two years off the bike and being accepted to join Myeloma UK ride is a great motivator

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Jodie Ellis

This is a fantastic opportunity to make one simple change to my life but a huge difference to the lives of myeloma patients. I say simple, but it is actually no mean feat as I am quickly starting to realise!  I have always enjoyed cycling but I have never owned a road bike and I have never done ANYTHING like this before so the training is proving to be tough and the learning curve as steep as the French hills!The fundraising goal is ambitious so please dig deep and make all the freezing cold rides and the saddle sores worth it and help me reach and even surpass this target!

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Alex Weir

Although I have always cycled and did a lot of mountain biking while living in Switzerland for a few years, I’m relatively new to road cycling. My first road bike is only 18 months old but in that time I’ve started cycling to the Cambridge office most days and in 2016 I completed the Cambridge 50, Tour of Cambridgeshire and two Sportives. I can’t wait for the ultimate challenge - London to Paris will be the sternest test of my endurance on the bike!

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Richard Wadrup

I am really honoured to be representing the General Medicine Business Unit on this challenging ride in support of Myeloma UK alongside Amgen colleagues, clinicians and patients. Your generous support will serve as a great motivator as I embrace approximately 2000 training miles and the event itself in the knowledge that any pain and discomfort suffered by me pales into insignificance when compared to the burden of a cancer diagnosis. Together we can make Myeloma history.

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Ian Burrows

I grew up on the Isle of Man, home of the TT races, but was too young to ride a motor-bike. That left cycling as the only way lap the course. I have been pedaling ever since, these days mostly mountain biking in and around the Peak District. Thrilled to have a chance to take part with Amgen in the 2017 London to Paris ride for a great cause. Just the challenge of getting over the finishing line with slightly older knees than back on the TT course!

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We would like to thank the dedicated team of five reserve riders who are supporting the riders in their fundraising and training: Susan Talbot, Alex Yates, Nichola Dingley, Nicola McBride and Donald Paterson