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NI cancer survivor inspired by Lance Armstrong gets 200 santas on their bikes

Texan's book helps motivate Bangor woman to overcome disease...

A cancer survivor from Northern Ireland who was inspired to battle the disease after a friend suggested she read Lance Armstrong’s book, It’s Not About The Bike, got 200 people to dress up as Santa at the weekend to take part in a charity bike ride.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, Rosi Kirker, from Bangor, was inspired to organise the ride, from East Belfast to Comber, through the motivation she drew from reading the book, in which Armstrong relates how he overcame testicular cancer, which had spread to his abdomen, lungs and brain, to win the first of his seven Tour de France titles in 1999.

The ride, which took place last Sunday, saw 200 grown-ups and children pedal from Belfast’s Titanic Quarter to Andrews Memorial Primary School, and funds raised will be shared between the charity Bowel Cancer UK and the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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