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Dame Shirley Bassey says ‘On your bike!’ for charity cycle

Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey has thrown her support behind The Prostate Cancer Charity’s Tour Ride in Wales this month.

The cycling event offers people the chance to ride an official stage of the Tour of Britain whilst raising funds to fight the most common cancer in men in the UK.

Bassey said: “I think it’s a wonderful idea that my beloved South Wales valleys should be the backdrop for this amazing Tour Ride and would urge all fit cyclists to sign up, although I don’t envy you on the challenging hill climbs! The Prostate Cancer Charity is a great cause; I’m delighted to be supporting it.”

Participating cyclists will be able to tackle the Welsh stage of the Tour of Britain ahead of the professionals in September. Riders can choose between the tough 180km ‘castle-to-castle’ Pro Ride from Welshpool to Caerphilly Castle, or the shorter 100km Challenge Ride through the Brecon Beacons.

Since launching the event three years ago the charity has gone from strength to strength. More than 4,500 people took to two wheels last year, raising over £500,000 in the process.

Katie Robbins, Tour of Britain project manager at The Prostate Cancer Charity, said: “We’re really excited to have the support of such a superstar like Dame Shirley. We are looking forward to bringing the Tour Ride to Wales for the first time and I hope that people with an interest in cycling will get on their bikes to raise awareness of prostate cancer and funds for the charity.

“Over the past three years, The Prostate Cancer Charity has developed strong links with professional and amateur cyclists through our partnership with The Tour of Britain which have been invaluable in helping us to get many more people thinking about the disease.”

The event takes place on  Sunday 21 August.

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