Pinchbeck mum is tour de force in ride for cancer

CHARITY RIDER: Alexandra Bracegirdle is cycling from London to Paris for Prostate Cancer UK.
CHARITY RIDER: Alexandra Bracegirdle is cycling from London to Paris for Prostate Cancer UK.

A mum-of-two from Pinchbeck is taking inspiration from this year’s Tour de France to raise money in support of her cancer-fighting Dad.

Alexandra Bracegirdle (45) is cycling from London to Paris, a distance of about 300 miles, following in the footsteps of Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish and current Tour leader Chris Froome.

The former nurse, now an account specialist at a pharmaceutical business, is also using her love of cycling to try to raise at least £1,500 for Prostate Cancer UK after Alexandra’s Dad David Thomas (75), was diagnosed with the disease almost four years ago.

Alexandra said: “I cycle a lot and I’ve done about six or seven of the larger, organised bike rides around the country.

“But I’ve upped my game this year because I want to show my appreciation to Prostate Cancer UK by raising money for the charity after the help they’ve given to Dad and Mum.

“When he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he wasn’t able to have surgery so he’s been having constant treatment to try to keep the disease under control.

“Dad’s doing okay at the moment, but there’s no cure for him and at some point things will go downhill.”

Alexandra set off from London yesterday on an 84-mile ride to Dover ahead of a 101-mile ride from Calais to Amiens today and a 64-mile journey from Amiens to Creil tomorrow.

The ride ends with a 50-mile scenic pedal into Paris, with a chance to ride up the Champs Elysees and round the Arc de Triomphe – just like the real Tour de France riders – before finishing by the Eiffel Tower.

Alexandra said: “I’ve done quite a few charity rides before, including London to Paris in 2008, but my reason for doing it this time is for Prostate Cancer UK.

“Because of the charity’s work, my Dad’s done well to live for this long because he’s been in a lot of pain.

“I like the challenge of riding to all these places and I’ll get to see the end of the Tour de France on Sunday as well.

“Hopefully, my ride will be lovely this time because I’m using a better bike, so it’ll be a lot more relaxing.”

To sponsor Alexandra, go to https://www.justgiving.com/alexandra-bracegirdle/