Rugby cyclist takes on Tour de France challenge with footballer Geoff Thomas after losing his mum and friend to cancer

Trevor Clarke

Trevor Clarke

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A cyclist is preparing for the biggest challenge of his life after becoming the latest member to join former England football player and blood cancer survivor, Geoff Thomas, on ‘Le Tour – One Day Ahead’.

Trevor Clarke, from Newton Village, will pedal more than 3,300km as he tackles the 21 gruelling stages of the 2015 Tour de France route – a day before the professional peloton – to help ex-Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Geoff raise £1 million for Cure Leukaemia.

Trevor, 49, is determined to complete the challenge despite his long list of previous injuries, including a broken leg, collarbone (twice), shoulder blade, ribs, wrist and hand, punctured lung, six knee operations, torn thigh muscle and, more recently, hip and groin issues.

Trevor said: “I lost my mum and close friend to cancer and am passionate about Cure Leukaemia’s work. Due to the number of serious injuries I’ve had, I regard health as the greatest gift and have always tried to keep fit.

“This challenge is on a different level to anything I’ve attempted before but I’m totally driven to complete the Tour de France route. I genuinely want to do something that will make a difference and help save lives. This isn’t about me. It’s about everyone who is touched by this devastating disease.”

Geoff said: “I’m delighted Trevor has come on board. I’ve been impressed with his enthusiasm for the ride and determination to help blood cancer patients.”

The event starts on July 3. To make a donation go to www.justgiving.com/trevor clarke1