The Orchid Sportive is held at the Lake Meadows Park, Billiericay, with cyclists able to choose a variety of routes and events:
- The Essex Tunner – 100 mile sportive – starts at 8am staggered start
- 75 mile road ride – start between 8am and 8.30am to suit you
- 20 and 40 mile road rides – start between 9am and 10am to suit you
- 25 mile off road MTB ride – starts at 9.30am (this will be guided so please arrive in good time to start at 9.30am with the guides)
- 5k Fun Run – starts at 10.15am
The Orchid is a charity ‘set up in 1996 by testicular cancer patient Colin Osborne (pictured right) and the oncologist who saved his life, Orchid exists to save men’s lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through a range of support services, pioneering research and promoting awareness. Over 43,000 men will be diagnosed with a male specific cancer in 2013; from sons to grandfathers all men face the risk of testicular, prostate or penile cancer.
Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through world class research, awareness and education campaigns and by supporting patients. We have developed many new services for men and their families. We now offer leaflets, specialists Factsheet, a newsletter (low-down), an award winning DVD, awareness talks and Orchid Roadshows and an enquiry service supported by two Orchid Male Cancer Information Nurses; their aim is to support anyone affected by male cancer.
Whether you have been recently diagnosed with a male cancer, are a family member seeking more information or a healthcare professional looking to run an information session, Orchid is here to help.
Be male cancer aware! Don’t delay in getting ‘checked out’ by a GP if you have any concerns.’
Cyclists taking part in the Orchid Sportive 2014 and other cycling events held on the day are raising funds for the charity.
The Orchid Sportive and associated events are supported by the Essex Road Cycling Club.