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Tetsill cycles to the summit of Mont Ventoux

Ian Tetsill from Birmingham took part in the Prostate Cancer UK Football to Amsterdam 2018 as part of the St Albans City FC 44 strong team cycling from Stratford to Amsterdam over the weekend of 1st-3rd June 2018.

However partly to make his sponsorship request a little more compelling, he also agreed to cycle to the summit (1,912 metres) of the mighty Mont Ventoux in France, known as “the Beast of Provence” and the undisputed hardest climb in the Tour de France AND for crazy good measure, to cycle up it 3 times in 24 hours gaining entry to the exclusive Club des Cingles du Mont-Ventoux.

This was undertaken last week only a few days after cycling the 142 miles from London to Amsterdam.

Ian had a journey of a different sort last year. As a result of a company medical he discovered he had Prostate Cancer. A few weeks after surgery he undertook a marathon section of the Jeff Stelling Prostate Cancer March for Men from Exeter City FC to Wellington FC where we met.

As Ian stated on his JustGiving page

During my own personal journey last year, I discovered that prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is also a disease which needlessly kills one man every 45 minutes. This is simply not acceptable but Prostate Cancer UK know that with your help we can turn it around. Time is against us but now is the time to take action, to make this a disease the next generation need not fear.

Ian has promised to attend a St Albans home game early this season where we will try to get as many of the cycling team as possible to also attend. As well as being a committed Aston Villa season ticket holder he is now a Saints fan.

Congratulations to Ian on this fantastic achievement from the Mighty Saints F2A 2018 team and from all at St Albans City FC.

Phill Coates
Community Manager