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Meet the cancer survivors taking on the world's toughest bike race

Training in all weathers - the team will encounter temperatures as low as minus 10 Credit: ITV News

A team of four cancer survivors are taking on what is said to be the world's toughest bike race.

On June 16th 2018, Mike Grisenthwaite, Richard Salisbury, Kevin Musgrave and Carol Sheehan will set off across America to raise money for Cyclists Fighting Cancer.

£250000
the amount the team are hoping to raise

The money will go towards buying bikes for children recovering from cancer - encouraging them to be active is at the heart of what the team have set out to achieve.

I know how difficult it is to cope with cancer and I think if we can help in any way to help children with or beyond cancer, what better gift could we give? That exercise for them is so important.

– Carol Sheehan, Cyclists Fighting Cancer
Training as a team in the Peak District hills Credit: ITV News

Cyclists Fighting Cancer was set up by teammate Mike, as part of his own road to recovery. He was diagnosed with blood cancer nearly two decades ago. Since then, the charity has grown to provide hundreds of bikes to children across the country.

My life changed that day. It was a horrendous moment, I went from being some kind of superman to a hospital number and that was going to be my life for the next six years as it turned out.

– Mike Grisenthwaite

For all four riders, crossing 3000 miles from California to Maryland in just seven days will be a challenge.

The route crosses twelve states and three mountain ranges - and attracts international professional riders.

They hope their adventure proves it is possible to lead an active life after cancer.

"Once you're out the other end you start to look ahead and think 'what can I still do?', 'what's on the horizon?'. It gives you the emphasis to go and push and do things you wouldn't have been comfortable doing before.

– Richard Salisbury

Click below to watch Kevin Musgrave's story from Hannah Miller:

Click here for more information on how to donate to Cyclists Fighting Cancer.