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Big Issue vendor needs bike to train for Amsterdam ride - can you help?

Oxford Cirus magazine seller Pat riding from London to Dutch capital in September

The Big Issue Foundation has launched an appeal for a bike to enable one of the magazine’s vendors to take part in its London-Amsterdam Cycle Challenge and raise funds to help homeless and vulnerably housed people.

Pat, who oversees the Big Issue distribution point at Oxford Circus in London’s West End, had initially aimed to undertake the 150-mile ride between the British and Dutch capitals last year but he did not manage to find a bike to enable him to train for it.

He now plans to participate with Team TBIF on this year’s ride, which begins on Saturday 17 September from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, but he still needs a bike to get those training miles in.

If you, or anyone you know, can help Pat out, please emailevents [at]"> events [at] – and if you want to take part in the challenge yourself, full details including how to enter are here.

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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