Cancer charity bike challenge raises record amount


More than 1,000 teams of cyclists have raised €5.7 million for Kom op tegen Kanker’s annual four-day cycle ride, with the funds going towards essential research and patient support

Breaking all records

The 10th edition of the 1,000km bike ride in support of cancer charity Kom op tegen Kanker has raised a record total of €5.7 million. The money will be used for clinical research that benefits cancer patients and for which there is limited interest in the pharmaceutical industry.

The 10th edition took place from 30 May to 2 June and broke all records. In total, 1,140 teams of cyclists took part, with each team raising at least €5,000. “Every year the cyclists exceed our wildest dreams,” said Marc Michils, general director of the charity. “With their sporting performance, they have raised more than €30 million for cancer research in the past 10 years.”

To mark the 10th edition of the ride, the charity introduced an international peloton, in which 101 riders departed on Sunday from Lyon in France for a journey that went via Burgundy, the Champagne region and Nord-Pas de Calais to Oudenaarde in West Flanders, where they joined the other riders for the final stage to Mechelen (pictured).

The four-day 1,000km ride was first held in 2010. Since then, 6,001 teams have taken part, cycling a total of 6,001,000 kilometres, or approximately 150 times around the world. 17 teams and two riders have taken part every year.

Kom op tegen Kanker was established in 1988 by TV and radio journalist Kathy Lindekens. It works to support patients and carers, protect patients’ rights and fund medical research and psychosocial projects that benefit people with cancer.

Photo: Belga/Tom van Poppel