Patrick McIntosh's #LifeCycle
Patrick is cycling from London to Japan to raise money for and awareness of cancer prevention
I'm Patrick McIntosh and I'm a big rugby fan. I'm cycling from Twickenham Stadium in London to Japan, in time for the Rugby World Cup this autumn.
I'm also a triple cancer survivor: bowel, prostate and skin.
Why on earth am I doing it? Well, if my challenge gets just one person to listen and decide to get tested early, then I think it’s worth it. There is life after cancer.
The money I raise will be shared between two charities that are so important to me: World Cancer Research Fund and St Catherine's Hospice in Crawley, near where I live. Could you donate £10 to support this challenge? Thank you to everyone who's already donated and for all your messages of support and encouragement.
The #Lifecycle Diary
Catch up with Patrick’s adventure to Japan and find out what life on the road was like with Glenn his support driver.
Many thanks to Patrick for raising awareness and funds towards our cancer prevention and survival work! After nearly 5 months away from the office, cycling 7,200 miles, he is now back in Surrey!
Many thanks to Glenn Fisher for supporting Patrick on his journey. As Patrick said, he is a REAL hero!
Granddaughter Gemma & her boyfriend Jamie joined Patrick on his Life Cycle journey in Japan!
Just one week until the start of the Rugby World Cup and the end of Patrick’s Life Cycle journey.
Patrick is feeling fantastic to be cycling along nearly deserted beaches and to be only 300 miles away from Tokyo and the Rugby World Cup.
Getting into the Rugby World Cup spirit at a temple in Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku.
Patrick travelled 6,500 miles to find a perfectly preserved original Ford motor cars.
After their long and adventurous journey, Patrick and Glenn are taking a few days to rest and pack before travelling to Japan.
Patrick in Birobidzhan – the only autonomous Jewish region outside of Israel.
Many thanks to Outwood Cricket Club, where the final of the Surrey Slam competition is taking place, which is also fundraiser for Patrick.
3 1/2 months on the road and 5,300 miles done. Visit Patrick's fundraising page to support him.
What a small world! Patrick and Glenn bumped into Chris and Janet who are from Cranleigh in Surrey. They are travelling the world in their tiny van.
Good luck to all cyclists in the London Ride 2019. Visit the KMG Foundation to find more info about Patrick’s challenge.
After the rainy days in Chita, the skies have finally cleared and Patrick is camping in the hills.
Greetings from Chita, where Patrick made a new friend Anastasia.
The breathtaking Lake Baikal after 4,300 miles of his journey.
Bits of good news:
1. Patrick had ridden 4,242 miles.
Patrick’s bike was stolen! Despite this unfortunate incident Patrick stays positive and will continue his journey.
Crossing the trans-Siberian railway on road to Irkutsk.
Patrick is off the busy highway and is instead following the Yenisei river.
Roughly 4,000 kilometres east of Moscow, the team are in the coal mining town of Mariinsky.
Patrick was interviewed on the radio again this morning. Thanks to BBC Sussex for its ongoing support.
Meet Yolanda, one of the team supporting Patrick on his Life Cycle. Inspired by Patrick’s message, she went to her GP regarding an unusual-looking freckle; thankfully she was told that it was fine. Get tested, and remember the importance of an early diagnosis.
The Russian police place wooden police cars along the highway in order to slow down traffic.
Patrick has hit the 3,000-mile mark! He attributes his fitness and physical capability to Paul Winkley who trained him for the three months prior to his departure.
The weather looks like it has picked up! Look how beautiful the Siberian Plains are.
24 June 2019
A sad day for us.
It is with a heavy heart that Glenn lights a candle for a dear friend and neighbour who passed away today. The candle is also for all our friends and family to stay safe while we wonder the world. Toblosk, Russia.
23 June 2019
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21 June 2019
"Look at how far I’ve come on my #LifeCycle to Japan! After a good rest day in Ekaterinburg I am en route to Bogdanovich–2,700 cycling miles so far for St Catherine’s Hospice and World Cancer Research Fund."
20 June 2019
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15 June 2019
We’re in bear country!
""Please look after these bears"... this sign does NOT say! Back on the road today and back in bear country. Bear Grizzles is right at home! See also some bedtime reading we brought along... hope we don't need it!""
14 June 2019
13 June 2019
Cycling across Russia isn’t an excuse to forget to eat your 5 a day!
12 June 2019
11 June 2019
Don’t miss Patrick on BBC Surrey (skip to 01:52:00).
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31 May 2019
"As we enter into Russia the #LifeCycle team are joined by Charlotte, Patrick’s niece, and Alex their Russian bodyboard."
30 May 2019
29 May 2019
Hei Suomi! Patrick has made it to Finland.
"Have finally made it to Finland, currently cycling about 40 miles south of Helsinki."
28 May 2019
27 May 2019
Here’s Patrick and Fabian Bolin, Founder of War on Cancer. Wonderful to meet Fabian.
26 May 2019
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16 May 2019
The motorhome has had a makeover!
"We will shortly be arriving in Sweden. The van signs have had a makeover. All together now: Motion, Tilitro, God Kost, Tidig Diagnos."
15 May 2019
3 days ahead of schedule! Nearly time to catch the ferry to Sweden.
"Made it to Frederikshaven, where I will catch the ferry to Sweden three days ahead of schedule! Nice cycling paths too!"
14 May 2019
More damage to the motorhome!
"While I've been off cycling through Denmark, Glenn has been off getting Dora’s windscreen repaired. Thank you to CarGlass―pictured here with Bear Grizzles."
13 May 2019
12 May 2019
"We’ve made it to Denmark! I’m struck by sudden similarities to back home in Surrey. Place names like Felst (like Felstead Rd) rolling hills & yellow fields of rapeseed. Must be the latitude?"
11 May 2019
10 May 2019
9 May 2019
"We’ve just crossed into Germany. Farewell Nederland, hello Deutschland!"
8 May 2019
First puncture of the trip! Not Patrick’s bike, but the motorhome. Luckily, they’re back on their way:
"Had our first this morning, on the van not my bike! Great service from ATS Euromaster who were helped by our mascot Bear Grizzles."
7 May 2019
6 May 2019
Patrick stopped by Royal Harwich Yacht Club before catching the ferry to Holland.
5 May 2019
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3 May 2019
Don't forget – get checked!
Please get checked, eat well, exercise, stay positive and don’t forget that you can sponsor my challenge #LifeCycle.
Patrick and Glenn, who'll be accompanying Patrick in a campervan, are now on their #LifeCycle, and have already reached Russia. We'll be following their journey on the blog, so bookmark the page for updates.