Grand Prix star and former Scunthorpe Scorpion Tai Woffinden to complete 138-mile charity cycle ride
SCUNTHORPE-born speedway star Tai Woffinden is to undergo a 138-mile cycle ride to raise money for Cancer Research UK.
The ex-Scorpion’s father Rob, himself a former Scunthorpe rider with the Stags, died of the disease in 2010 and Tai is biking from Wolverhampton to Cardiff in his memory with the aim of raising £20,000.
Woffinden is set to race for Elite League Wolverhampton Wolves on Monday, May 27. The day after the meeting he will start his trek, going via Birmingham, Redditch, Gloucester, Severn Bridge and Newport, before finishing in Cardiff where he will then compete in the British Grand Prix on Sunday, June 1.
“The response has been quite big so far,” said the 22-year-old. “I’m doing it for my dad, that’s what inspired me.
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“I’ve been training a lot for it. I’ve got former Olympian and Tour de France Yellow Jersey wearer Sean Yates helping me out.
“It’s completely different. It’s nothing like I’ve ever done before but it’s a nice little challenge for me.”
Woffinden added that according to Cancer Research UK, more than one in three people in the UK will develop some form of cancer during their lifetime.
He said: “This means almost everyone in the UK will at some point in their life be affected by the disease either by developing the disease themselves or knowing someone who will.
“My aim is to complete this cycle in memory of my father and in memory of every other person who has been lost to this disease.”
In the meantime, Woffinden is in New Zealand preparing for the first Grand Prix of the season tomorrow.
He was included as a wild card after a two-year absence, and after a difficult debut year in 2010 is targeting a top eight finish this time around.
“I learnt a lot,” Woffinden said of his previous experience. “I’ve got a completely different set-up now. I start from scratch.
“My target is top eight so I can keep my place. If I reach that mid-season then I may change my goals.”
To donate for Tai’s cycle ride, go to his Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/taiwoffinden01008 or text WOFF50 and the amount to 70070.
There will also be collections at UK speedway meetings, including at the Millennium Stadium.