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700 to ride in memory of Grateley's Nelson Pratt
2:34pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
NEARLY 700 cyclists are to ride up to 100miles through the Hampshire countryside tomorrow (Saturday), to raise awareness of the single biggest killer of young men in the UK – suicide.
The event will raise money for the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), the UK’s only charity devoted to preventing male suicide.
“Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley” is organised by the friends and family of Nelson Pratt, a pro-snowboarder and keen cyclist from Grateley, Hampshire, who took his own life last summer.
The ride is modeled on the legendary cycling tours of France, with each cyclist issued with an electronic timing chip at the start to record their times.
Nelson’s friend, Marcus Chapman, who organised the ride, said: “Nelson was such a vibrant and brilliant man. We are still in deep shock that he was in such pain and felt the only solution was to take his own life.
“Suicide kills more 15 to 34-year-old men in this country than road traffic accidents, HIV and knife crime combined, yet very few people even think of young men as being particularly at risk of depression.
“We want this ride not just to be a celebration of Nelson’s life, but to try to encourage young men to reach out to the people around them.”
“The event has already been a huge success -- I’d hoped that we’d get 300 cyclists, but now we’re expecting more than double that.
“It’s CALM’s biggest sporting fundraiser to date and we’ve also had great support from Twinings, Vans, Madison and Cycling Weekly.”
The event encompasses three routes, the longest of which covers 100 miles of steep climbs, fast descents and spectacular views. This was Nelson’s first 100 mile route and remained his favourite ride.
For more information about the ride, please visit the event’s website: http://nelsonstourdetestvalley.co.uk/ride-info/
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