2020 Cycling Event
31 Dec 2020

Transcontinental Race to Fight Bowel Cancer

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Joss Ridley

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+ £217.50 Gift Aid

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52% of £10,000.00 target

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I’m raising as much as I can to beat bowel cancer

In late July 2020, I am embarking on what will be the hardest physical challenge of my life – the Transcontinental Race.

The Transcontinental Race (TCR) is the most famous bikepacking race in Europe. Starting on the Atlantic in Brest, France, I will cycle over 2,500 miles through at least 10 countries to the finish line in Burgas, Bulgaria on the Black Sea. I will only have 2 weeks to complete the race averaging roughly 200 miles a day. No 3rd party support, resupply or lodgings is allowed – I am totally self-reliant and I will have to depend on my wits and luck to get me to the finish line. Roughly, only 40% of participants make the finish line within the 2-week cut off. More details about the race at

So why am I raising money for Cancer Research? In early 2018, one of my best friends – ex-flatmate, ex-colleague and fellow cycling nut – Dan Goode was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer.

This is his story:

“Between Christmas and New Year’s 2017 I went for a “routine” colonoscopy having first started seeing a gastroenterologist about an anomaly in my liver function test. The colonoscopy showed a tumour in my rectum. By 10th Jan 2018 I was diagnosed with Stage IV bowel cancel with secondary metastasis in my liver, 3 lymph nodes and potential further secondaries in my lungs. I have always been a numbers person and the latest numbers I can find tell me the 5 year survival rate for Stage IV bowel cancer is 11%. I intend to be in that 11%.

“As the full story of my condition emerged I was told that if the treatment worked the best I could hope for was 18 months to 2 years. I have now made it to 2 years post diagnosis! Being the geek I am I worked out based on the potential outcomes and likelihoods of diagnosis I should have died on May 12 2019. I didn’t, instead I watched Newcastle play with my friend Alan. Newcastle won that day, away from home, in London, on the last day of the season. So miracles really do happen! I haven’t given up the fight yet!

“In the run up to the diagnosis I have to say 2017 was the best year of my life. My daughter Emilia entered our lives on 22 Dec 2016 and I can honestly say she has been the most amazing gift, every day spent with her since she arrived has been incredible. I started a new job, which I love, working for a great company, with great people. I have the most amazing wife I could ever have asked for and a truly awesome bunch of friends. I was blessed and I knew it.

“As ever, I am proud to support Cancer Research. I have already had my life extended by a breakthrough in treatment onto something that didn’t exist when I was diagnosed. I hope these breakthroughs continue for me, and if not for me so some other family can at some point be spared the absolute devastation that a cancer diagnosis brings.”

Dan is still fighting hard, and he and I would be honoured if you could donate to Cancer Research in any small way you feel you can. Joss x

Latest updates


Alice Ridley



+£10.00 Gift Aid

Jane Moore



+£5.00 Gift Aid

Happy to donate to a great cause.


Matt Oomen



+£12.50 Gift Aid

Good luck!


The Bullyment Family



+£12.50 Gift Aid

Joss Ridley



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This money was raised from entries and donations to the Ridley Round trail run/walk/stagger held at the Compasses on 19th September 2020.

Total raised£5,213.88



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Bowel cancer

Over the past 40 years there's been dramatic progress in tackling bowel cancer and half of people diagnosed will now survive for at least 10 years. But with bowel cancer still claiming around 43 lives each day, more research still needs to be done. Help Cancer Research UK find new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat the disease.