A team of cyclists are setting off on a 700 mile journey from North Devon next week to take the battle to brain tumours.

The seven men who plan to cycle from Branstaple to Lyon, later this year, to raise money and awareness for brain tumour charities. Picture by Tour to Lyon.The seven men who plan to cycle from Branstaple to Lyon, later this year, to raise money and awareness for brain tumour charities. Picture by Tour to Lyon.

Seven men will be setting off from Barnstaple Square at 11am on Friday, September 7 for the Tour to Lyon, to raise money and awareness for tumour charities.

The team will have a cake and information stall on the Square tomorrow (Monday) as part of the build up to the Tour of Britain’s arrival and people are invited to go along and see them.

The epic venture will also be accompanied by its own soundtrack, a song entitled Dear World, available to download from tomorrow and with all proceeds going to charity.

It was recorded by local singer songwriter Maddie Warren and Andy Jeffery, one of the riders taking part.

The tour was prompted by a double brain tumour diagnosis that shocked two families, in North Devon and in France.

In 2016, Chloe Wickham’s hairdresser noticed a lump on her head that turned out to be a tumour in her skull, turning the Wickham family upside down.

She had surgery to remove it and thankfully, it turned out to be benign.

In a tragic twist of coincidence, her French exchange friend Agathe had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour just months before and she sadly died in May 2017.

The Wickham family, which runs Devon Outdoors at Ashford, decided to try and raise money for a number of tumour charities and Chloe’s dad Roger will be taking part in the ride.

They hope to raise £7,000, with a number of charities set to benefit, including The Brain Tumour Charity, the Tuberculosis Association and a specialist cancer hospital called Centre Leon Berard, where Agathe was treated.

The riders now have another personal inspiration – Chloe’s friend Lauren suffers from tuberous sclerosis, a condition where benign tumours grow on organs around the body, and they also hope to raise money and awareness to help research into the disease.

The single Dear World can be downloaded via Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and the usual online outlets.

Meet the team at Barnstaple Square tomorrow, go along to see them off next Friday and if you would like to donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/teams/tourtolyon. You can also donate to the hospital that treated Agathe at www.alvarum.com/tourtolyon .