Rugby legend and current President of the Rugby Football Union, Jason Leonard OBE, is to take on the challenge of riding the Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo in June in support of the ATLAS Foundation. The charity was founded by Leonard, along with other rugby and corporate heavyweights, in 2015 to raise people out of disadvantage around the world through the power of the game. Rutland Cycling, Official Retail Partner of the Tour of Cambridgeshire, is supporting Jason and his peloton by delivering complimentary bike fits and providing demo bikes to riders, to train on and ride during the race.
Jason and his team of riders will line up for the 80-mile Gran Fondo, the UK's first closed-road mass participation cycle race, on Sunday 5th June, along with around 8,000 other riders, many raising money for charities themselves.
Commenting on the race, Jason said, �I'm more used to a pack than a peloton, but I'm looking forward to joining a great bunch of people on the road. I'm not naturally built for cycling but I've been blown away by the bike fit I've had from the Rutland team - the process was much more technical and in-depth than I'd imagined and it has already made a big difference to my training. I will push to the end on behalf of the ATLAS Foundation. ATLAS lifts people out of poverty, illiteracy and disease in some of the toughest places on earth, supported by a network of Champions from rugby, industry and commerce.�
Rutland Cycling's Managing Director, David Middlemiss, said, �We are proud to be supporting Jason and the ATLAS team, offering them a professional bike fit and training advice ahead of the race, so they can ride in comfort and perform at their best on the day. The Tour of Cambridgeshire is a unique event in the UK, giving everyone from elite racers to leisure riders the opportunity to take part in an authentic, closed-road race event. The atmosphere at the inaugural race last year was fantastic and with high profile athletes from other sports, such as Jason, taking part this year, it has broadened the appeal of the event even more. We wish Jason and his team all the best.�
Leonard is the most capped player in England's history, taking to the field on 114 occasions, and was a crucial member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning team but the Tour of Cambridgeshire is a whole new ball game for the former Saracens and Harlequins man.