Last week, Sharp Electronics, who we work in close partnership with for our professional cycling team, announced their latest cycling fundraiser, which in the past has included a 4 man team completing the Race Across America for the Prostate Cancer Charity.
In association with Rapha and Condor, Prostate Cancer Charity and Sharp announced plans for an iconic cycling challenge to continue the fight against the most common cancer in men in the UK: prostate cancer.
From 29 May cyclists led by Rapha Condor Sharp team riders will set off from Turin to follow the full and gruelling route of the 2011 Giro d'Italia. The rider titled 'Gran Corsa d'Italia' will be fully supported, including mechanical and medical support, transfers between stages, pre-booked accommodation, and a dedicated soigneur, signed route and feed stations.
Participants can ride a single stage, three or a five day block, or the whole three week 'Gran Corsa' for the challenge of a lifetime. A limited number of places are available; the only entry requirement, other than reasonable fitness, is an ability to raise a significant amount for The Prostate Cancer Charity. Riders will also need to cover costs of flights and half board accommodation.
This is in return for the ride of the year, back to the spiritual home of cycle racing, complete with special edition Gran Corsa kit and bikes from Rapha and Condor.
Gran Corsa is the brain child of the enigmatic Paul Molyneux, Sharp UK's managing director. In June 2010 Paul helped to raise £80,000 for The Prostate Cancer Charity as part of a 4 man team completing the Race Across America. "This is just the kind of challenge we all sit around looking for on chilly November evenings, to give us a reason to train through the winter. The Giro has a real romance, and with next year being the 150th anniversary of Italy unification, the organisers have chosen a route that takes in all the highlights", said Paul.
To register your interest go to www.grancorsa.com.