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November is fast approaching and here at CyclingTips we’re preparing for a month of moustache-laden goodness as we grow mo’s in support of Movember. And we aren’t just ‘tashing up ourselves – our goal is to make cycling Movember’s largest sporting network in the world. But we cannot do it without your help. Last year, together, we raised over $110,000. Of course, this year we want to go even better!
Moustaches and cycling share a long history. Maurice-François Garin, winner of the first Tour de France way back in 1903, famously sported a handlebar moustache, not to mention Lucien Petit-Breton, Danny Clarke and this guy who have all combined a love of cycling with a love of selective facial hair cultivation.
Whilst it might be a bit of fun (for some) to grow out a patch of laughter-inducing facial hair, there are also some very good reasons to get on board this Movember.
The annual campaign is all about having an ongoing positive impact on men’s health, particularly when it comes to prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.
Funds raised throughout the month are invested in programs focused on awareness and education, on living with and beyond cancer and on research. Click here for more info about where donations go.
And in case you needed an added incentive to sign up…prizes.
We’ve have two Reid Virtue Seven bikes to give away. What better way to get around town whilst proudly showing off your new-found Mo identity than with this vintage commuter. We’re giving one to the biggest individual fundraiser in the network and the other at random to anyone in our network who raises over $10.
Our Movember Friday Sickie ride at the end of the month will also be a celebration of all things men’s health and the majestic Mo. More details to come, so make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter and have ticked the box to stay in the loop about the rides so you don’t miss out!
So what can you do to get involved?
If you’re an individual, join up and grow a mo of your own, making sure you follow the Movember rules (e.g. you must start November 1 with a clean-shaven face & there is to be no joining of the tash to the sideburns).
If you’re in charge of a cycling club or other cycling-related organisation, why not create a Movember team, which individuals can then join, and link that team to the CyclingTips network (this way we can keep track of all the cycling networks).
If you’d rather not gro a mo (because you’re a woman, say, or because you’d just rather not) you can still help support men’s health by donating to the cause. Alternatively, you can show your support by not shaving your legs for the month. Just hit up the CyclingTips network page and leave a donation.
We don’t want to feel you’re doing it alone though! Beyond joining our network or donating, you can also be part of the CyclingTips Movember community by posting photos of yourself or your moustachioed mates while you’re out riding. It can be anything that’s cycling and Movember related. Get creative!
Just be sure to post your photos via Instagram using the #MoVelo hashtag. We’ll be sharing some of the best pictures throughout the month for everyone to see.
Join the CyclingTips team as we embark on a month of hair-lipped lycra goodness, all for a good cause!