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29 cyclists take on 525km in 4 days

A mighty challenge in tribute to much loved father to raise funds for vital research

Following a father’s devastating brain tumour diagnosis in August 2020, devoted sons Ali and Cal jumped into action, recruiting 27 other friends to join them in an epic 525km challenge to raise funds for The Samantha Dickson Fund, a supporter group of The Brain Tumour Charity.

After original plans to cycle to Amsterdam were dashed by covid related travelling restrictions, the revised ‘The Road To Dam’ challenge will now see them pedalling off from Clapham on Wednesday 30th June and ending in Falmouth in Cornwall four days later.

Ali said: “We are very excited for this cycle for such an amazing charity! The boys have been training non-stop and although covid stopped us travelling to Amsterdam (hence the name), we think Cornwall is a lovely alternative. It will be very interesting to see if the boys can remember how to replace a puncture”.

The Road to Dam team’s route

  • Day 1: London to Salisbury (158km)
  • Day 2: Salisbury to Taunton (115km)
  • Day 3: Taunton to Plymouth (131km)
  • Day 4: Plymouth to Falmouth (114km)

Ali became familiar with The Samantha Dickson Fund after meeting the Founders of The Brain Tumour Charity, Angela and Neil Dickson, at a charity cricket match last year in memory of their daughter, Samantha Dickson who passed away from a high grade glioma in 1996, aged just 16.

We are deeply touched that Ali and Cal have chosen to support the Samantha Dickson fund which is raising restricted money for high grade glioma research, the type of tumour their father sadly has. Angela and I are meeting Ali, Cal and his fellow bike riders on their first stop to give them a personal thank you for their extremely successful fundraiser. The amazing amount they have raised really will make a big difference to funding research and finding a much needed cure sooner.

Neil Dickson, Co- Founder of The Brain Tumour Charity and The Samantha Dickson Fund

Follow the team's progress

Follow the team’s progress on their Facebook page or make a donation to the team’s on their JustGiving page.

Read about The Samantha Dickson Fund

Media contacts at The Brain Tumour Charity

Press office contact details:

Phone: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm: 01252 237864
Out of hours media contact: 07990 828385
Email: pressoffice@thebraintumourcharity.org