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Amsterdam Challenge: Represent Blues

5 April 2014

Represent Southend United in the London to Amsterdam cycle challenge with Director Michael Markscheffel

Fans of Southend United are being called upon to join the ultimate World Cup warm-up by saddling up for a memorable bike ride from London to Amsterdam in support of Prostate Cancer UK – The Football League’s long-term Official Charity Partner.

From The Matchroom Stadium (the home of Leyton Orient FC) to the heart of Amsterdam, riders representing all 72 clubs will have plenty of time to reflect on their respective team’s campaigns, as well as looking forward to the upcoming feast of samba football as they join former England star Luther Blissett en route to the Netherlands.

Blues Director Michael Markscheffel will lead the Blues contingent, and by using pedal power to conquer the picturesque 150-mile challenge, riders will be helping more men survive prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life. 

One in eight men will be affected by prostate cancer in the UK, and Michael said:  “I’m delighted to lead Southend United in this exciting adventure and at the same time raise money and awareness for an amazing cause. I’m calling on all Blues supporters to join me in the peloton and wear their club colours with pride.”

The Grand Depart is on Friday June 6th  2014 from Leyton Orient, heading out of London through rural English countryside, and stopping off at a second ground, Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium, for refreshments.

After completing the 90-mile sojourn to Harwich by dusk, the intrepid team cross the Channel overnight, before riding a further 60 miles across the flat landscape of Dutch Zeeland. The climax sees the peloton arrive in the country’s capital and its network of canals, cobbled streets and wonderful architecture.

There will be a chance to wind down and reflect on a notable effort on Saturday night in the city centre before a less energy-sapping return to London, via Eurostar, after lunch the next day.

Former England, Watford and AC Milan striker Blissett, who has already signed up for the London to Amsterdam ride as part of Prostate Cancer UK’s team, challenged more people to get involved, saying: “Get your World Cup fever on and ride to Amsterdam with me and a bunch of fantastic people from across The Football League. If last year was anything to go by we’re going to have a great time on the way and when we get there. Sign up, challenge yourself and raise money to support the 250,000 men living with prostate cancer in the UK.”

Prostate Cancer UK asks cyclists to raise a minimum of £1,000 in donations.  The registration fee is £149. 

You can find more details and sign up at to represent the club. 

You can donate to Michael’s cause here on his justgiving page -

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