England Captains Reunite for Birmingham Stage of National Charity Bike Ride
Former England captain Andrew Strauss joined his predecessor Michael Vaughan on the ‘PruProtect Chance to Ride’ charity bike ride today (12 September) from Edgbaston Stadium.
Vaughan is cycling 462 miles in 12 days around One Day International venues to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Chance to Shine initiatives.
The peloton is traveling from Birmingham to Hereford, then across the Brecon Beacons, covering 140 miles before arriving at Cardiff’s SWALEC Stadium for the fourth NatWest One Day International on Saturday.
Strauss, who retired from first class cricket last summer, is the second most successful captain of the English modern era in terms of wins, second only to his former opening partner Vaughan.
He said: “If you had asked me a few years ago if I would ever be riding a peloton with Michael Vaughan I would have laughed at you. We’ve been great mates for many years, though, and I’m delighted to get the chance to fundraise with him for Laureus and Chance to Shine.”
Vaughan, who has been joined by other stars including British cycling champion Victoria Pendleton, commented: “There’s nothing like a bit of healthy competition between old team-mates and I’ll be making sure Andrew has sight of my rear wheel for the duration of his ride! It’s great to have him along and hopefully we’ll be able to raise significant funds for the two charities.”
The PruProtect Chance to Ride peloton is following the England v Australia - NatWest One Day International series, which started at Headingley, Leeds, on 6th September, traveling to each of the venues before ending in London on 17th September.
The itinerary for the remainder of the ride is:
Thursday, 12 Sept: Birmingham to Brecon Beacons (86 miles)
Friday, 13 Sept: Brecon Beacons to Cardiff (55 miles)
Saturday, 14 Sept: Fourth One Day International, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
Sunday, 15 Sept: Bristol to Southampton (80 miles)
Mon day, 16 Sept: Fifth One Day International, Aegeas Bowl, Southampton
Tuesday, 17 Sept: Southampton to London (70 miles)