In October, former Newcastle United and Sunderland defender Robbie Elliott will be cycling 3,500 miles to raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
‘Bike For Bobby’ is a cycling challenge being undertaken by Elliott and his friend and co-rider Phil Gray to ride between eight clubs in four different countries that were managed by Sir Bobby.
Training stepped up a gear earlier this week as the duo had their legs waxed, which is a professional cycling technique to aid massage and help prevent infections should they come off the bike. It was a first experience for them both, and one they found painful, but that didn’t prevent them from leaving the beauty salon and heading straight on the bikes for more training.
“We’re training hard and working hard and it’s starting to get exciting now,” said Elliott. “We always earmarked the waxing as one of the build up things to the ride so now we know we’re getting closer.
“It’s really starting to take hold, what we’re doing, and things are moving fast with more and more people getting on board and showing support.
“It’s really enjoyable at this moment in time but we have to come back for another leg wax in about four weeks. It’s going to be tough coming back for that because today was the first time I’ve ever had it done and it hurt.”
‘Bike For Bobby’ will see Robbie and Phil cycle from Lisbon to Newcastle via Porto, Eindhoven, Ipswich and London [Fulham and Wembley] in less than four weeks as they pay tribute to Sir Bobby and raise funds to fight cancer.
For more information, or to donate to ‘Bike For Bobby’, please visit www.robbieelliottfoundation.com