Organisers of the UK’s premier closed road cycling challenge, the Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia, have today announced that Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries (better known as Max and OB from the hit Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks) will be tackling the event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Matt Littler and Darren Jeffries starred together on the hit drama Hollyoaks for 11 years, before more recently presenting T4’s Red Bull Rivals in which they line up to compete against one another in some of the world’s most extreme sports. The current series has seen them cliff diving in Athens and downhill mountain biking in South Africa but now the pair are taking their place on the startline of the Etape Caledonia to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The Macmillan Cancer Support Etape Caledonia has rapidly become a landmark occasion on the UK cycling calendar. It is the only closed-road mass-participation cycling event to be held in the UK and thousands of cyclists from the length and breadth of the country now make the annual pilgrimage to Pitlochry in highland Perthshire for the challenge, the company and the breathtaking scenery.
The 81-mile route winds through some of the most spectacular countryside that Scotland has to offer but, with a total climb of almost 2000 metres, it is not an undertaking for the faint-hearted. Participants range from the weekend cyclist to the lycra-clad semi-professionals on their carbon-fibre steeds, reinforcing the inclusive and welcoming atmosphere of this truly unique challenge.
Darren Jeffries commented: “This is going to be a huge challenge but one that I’m really looking forward to especially as I’m hoping to make some money for Macmillan. It’s going to be physically pretty tough and I’m not sure how we’ll fare against the other 5,000 people taking part but so long as I beat Matt across that line I’ll be chuffed.”
Matt Littler commented: “Darren and I do get pretty competitive with each other but we’re taking on the Scottish highlands to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support– even if it’s going to hurt a lot. It’s great that so many people have signed up to support Macmillan and it’s fantastic to be a part of that.”
Macmillan Cancer Support has been involved in cycling events for twelve years and uses their experienced in-house team, Team Macmillan, to ensure all occasions are a success. The money raised by an anticipated 5,000 riders in 2010 will help provide vital support to people affected by cancer right across the UK.