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ALIVE Cycle Challenge bikes already on the way to London

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ALIVE Cycle Challenge bikes already on the way to LondonAfter 14 weeks of training for the Malta Airport ALIVE 2013 Cycling Challenge for Cancer, the participating 38 cyclists excitedly packed and loaded their bikes on an Express Trailer shipping container that will arrive in London in time for the start of their 720 kilometre challenge on 19th July.

The endurance challenge is to raise funds for breast cancer research in Malta. Three of the forty cyclists come from Gozo, Louis Debattista of the Gozo-Greyhounds Youth Athletic Club in Qala, Gerald Abela from Victoria and Josef Vella from Nadur. The three Gozitans have been training almost every day over the past weeks to get ready for the 720Km challenge.

Louis Debattista said that it had not been easy to collect donations in Gozo, with his donations coming from individuals both local and from the USA. The Qala Primary School held a tombola and raised €580, the English speaking Roman Catholic Community who meet in the Victoria Seminary had a cake stall to raise funds, as well as giving donations, all of which went towards raising the minimum €1,800 donation.

Held in collaboration between ALIVE Charity Foundation and the Action for Breast Cancer Fondation, the three-country marathon is being held in aid of breast cancer research projects funded by the University’s Research, Innovation and Development Trust (RIDT)..

ALIVE 2013 is sponsored by Malta Airport and supported by the National Lotteries Good Causes Fund, part of 6PM Group, Impressions Print Possibilities, SpringBox Media and Garmin Malta. Other community sponsors include BUFF Malta, B&G Hardware Store, Falzon Group of Companies, ROCS Group, Express Group, UVIA, Atlas Insurance and Billiet.

The Challenge:

Day 1 – Arrival in London – Challenge Briefing

Day 2 – Cycling: London to Dover (121 km)

Day 3 – Cycling: Calais to Brugge (121 km)

Day 4 – Cycling: Brugge to Brussels (105 km)

Day 5 – Cycling: Brussels to Arras (145 km)

Day 6 – Cycling: Arras to Beauvais (130 km)

Day 7 – Cycling: Beauvais to Paris (98 km)

Day 8 – Return to Malta.

Donations to ALIVE 2013 can be made online or via sms on 50617364 for a donation of €2.33; 50618081 for a donation of €4.66; 50618913 for a donation of €6.99; and 50619208 for a donation of €11.65.

Photos show the ALIVE 2013 cyclists lend a hand at dismantling bikes and loading the bike packs and other supporting items in a container bound for London and the cyclists and support team outside the Express Trailers premises.

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