Wednesday 24 July 2013 

Ashes Captains Take A 'Chance To Ride'

Andrew Strauss (left) and Michael Vaughan will be riding, rather than running between the wickets, to raise money for charity during the 'Chance To Ride'
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Ashes-winning captains Michael Vaughan and Andrew Strauss will join forces again to take part in the PruProtect Chance to Ride charity bike ride later this year.

Vaughan, who led England to Ashes glory in 2005, is leading the ride in which a number of other celebrities will also take part to raise money for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Cricket Foundation's Chance To Shine initiative.

Strauss, who was in charge when England won the Ashes in 2009 and 2010/11 and retired from cricket last year, will join in the stage between Birmingham and Brecon Beacons.

"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," he said.

"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 will also be joined by former England cricketer Phil Tufnell and up to 50 fund-raisers on each stage.

"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," Vaughan joked.

"It’s great to have him along and hopefully we’ll be able to celebrate another Ashes win during the journey."

The ride will follow the the England v Australia One-Day International series, starting at Headingly on 6th September, heading to each venue before ending in London on 17th September.

Those interested in joining Vaughan, Strauss and Tufnell during the ride should visit www.chancetoride.co.uk.

Itinerary

Stage 1
Friday, 6 Sept: First One Day International, Headingley, Leeds
Saturday, 7 Sept: Leeds to Manchester (80 miles)
Sunday, 8 Sept: Second One Day International, Old Trafford, Manchester

Stage 2
Monday, 9 Sept: Cycle Challenge at the Manchester Velodrome
Tuesday, 10 Sept: Manchester to Birmingham (91 miles)
Wednesday, 11 Sept: Third One Day International, Edgbaston, Birmingham

Stage 3
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

Stage 4
Sunday, 15 Sept: Cardiff to Southampton (80 miles)
Monday, 16 Sept: Fifth One Day International, Aegeas Bowl, Southampton
Tuesday, 17 Sept: Southampton to London (70 miles)

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