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WandsworthEagle
03-05-2017, 02:08 PM
Good luck Geoff!!

http://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/thomas-takes-on-three-tours-challenge-3702456.aspx

On Thursday May 4th 2017, five amateur cyclists led by former Palace captain and blood cancer survivor, Geoff Thomas, will begin the Geoff Thomas Three Tours Challenge, a monumental challenge that will see the team cycle the three Grand Tours; the Giro D’Italia, Le Tour de France and La Vuelta a España consecutively, one day ahead of the professionals.

Only 39 professional cyclists and, to date, no amateur team have ever achieved this epic feat in the same calendar year. Each rider will cycle a total of 10,504km in just 63 days of cycling.

The driving force and purpose behind the team is their aim to help blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia raise an additional £1m in 2017 to fully fund the expansion of the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. This transformational development will double the Centre’s capacity for patients, clinical trials and specialist clinicians. Not only will the expanded Centre immediately save more lives but it will also hasten global progress towards finding effective treatments for all blood cancers within twenty-five years. The £3.2m project has already received over £2m from local government and Cure Leukaemia must raise the additional funds by 31st December 2017.

Geoff visited Selhurst Park last week to meet the first team squad before heading off on the challenge and explained a little more about the task ahead for him and the team.

"In 2015 we stayed one day ahead of the pros at the Tour de France and this time we are going to the next level to cover all three grand tours. We start with Italy this week, then onto France in July and complete the three legs in Spain during September. It covers nearly 10,000 miles so it is going to be tough challenge."

With only 39 pros having taken this on before the level of the challenge is immense and we asked Geoff to tell us how he has prepared to undertake such a major task.

“When I started preparing in February I picked up a knee injury so I haven't been able to do as much as I would have liked but over the last six weeks I have been out on the road doing as much as I can. Thankfully we are not racing and really for most of us it is a game of survival but because training time has been limited it has been a game of catch up for me. The first aim is to do Italy and then get back, rest up and go again for the Tour De France."


Geoff has once again been delighted at how the CPFC family have come together to play a major part in the fund raising of this challenge.

"I had a meeting with Steve Parish and Stephen Browett a couple of months ago and I was very emotional when they told me how much they would financially back the challenge and I am humbled at the level of support they have shown. I know how tough it is to get across the plans and ideas of what you are trying to achieve when you are fund raising, but they have both really got it and now with the Palace for Life Foundation on board it really does bring the Crystal Palace family together. I am very proud and honoured at the way that once again Crystal Palace Football Club have got behind me and supported my fund raising in the way that they have always done."

Stephen Browett, said: “Farr Vintners is delighted to be supporting Geoff Thomas in his Three Tours Challenge. Geoff was a legendary Captain of Crystal Palace Football Club and his continued fund-raising for Cure Leukaemia, including this epic cycling marathon, is inspirational to us all.”

Chairman Steve Parish said, “Geoff is very much part of the Crystal Palace family and we are proud of his determination and courage to beat his battle with blood cancer. We are delighted to be supporting him and have no doubt that he will complete this immense cycling challenge. Knowing so few professional cyclists have conquered this feat, this is going to be Geoff’s greatest sporting challenge.”

Further support from Crystal Palace FC, came from team manager Sam Allardyce, who met the former international at Selhurst and is a big admirer of his efforts. “I think he [Geoff] is mad. Geoff was a great player here at Palace, and we're in full support of his latest fundraising efforts for Cure Leukaemia.

"It requires a huge amount of determination to cycle such distances, raising money for a horrible disease and one that he has personally overcome. We wish him all the best in his fundraising efforts."

Joining Geoff in the team are businessman Doug McKinnon, wealth manager James Maltin, chef Hayden Groves and chef and motivational speaker Marcus Leach. These are men with full-time jobs and families who are finding time to train for one of the toughest endurance challenges any person can take on.

Whilst these five are taking on all three challenges there are opportunities available for keen cyclists to ride the Tour de France with Geoff and the team. There are also sponsorship packages available for companies to get involved and potentially ride sections and stages of the famous routes.



https://www.farrvintners.com/three_tours/


Farr Vintners is proud to announce that we are the main sponsor of former England and Crystal Palace footballer Geoff Thomas’s remarkable “Three Tours Challenge” in aid of the blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.

Geoff and his 4 team-mates will cycle, consecutively, the three classic Grand Tours – The Giro d’Italia, La Tour de France and La Vuelta a Espana. They will cycle a total of 10,504km, all in only 63 days of cycling just one day ahead of the likes of Chris Froome in the main professional events. That distance equates to travelling from Birmingham to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

Only 39 professional cyclists have previously completed this challenge. No amateur or professional team has done it before.

The aim of the challenge is to try to raise £1m to help blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia fully fund the expansion of the internationally renowned Centre for Clinical Haematology. Not only will the expanded Centre immediately save more lives but it will also hasten global progress towards eradicating all forms of blood cancer within 25 years. Farr Vintners has made a £100,000 donation to kick start this epic event that supports a wonderful charity.

Speaking at the official unveiling of the event, Geoff said “We have been training extremely hard and with just days until we start we feel as ready as we can be for what lies ahead. It would not be possible to take on this challenge without the incredibly generous support of Farr Vintners which will allow us to raise significant funds towards Cure Leukaemia’s £1m Centre Appeal”.

In addition, England Manager Gareth Southgate was keen to show his support “As a former teammate of Geoff’s I know what a brave and committed player he was and these qualities will have no doubt helped him through his own battle with blood cancer. His fundraising since he beat the disease has not only raised millions but also inspired so many people in the process.”

The challenge starts on Thursday May 4th in Italy. We would hope that as many Farr Vintners customers as possible will support the challenge by making a donation. You can follow the Challenge on their twitter account and find updates on our twitter and instagram pages.

SOUTHGATE EAGLE
03-05-2017, 02:20 PM
The guy is just a legend. Good luck Geoff!

Crystal Glitter
03-05-2017, 02:27 PM
Inspirational human being and a Palace legend.

eltron
03-05-2017, 02:44 PM
I just love the skipper.

Thanet Eagle
03-05-2017, 02:48 PM
My favourite ever Palace captain.

milky87
03-05-2017, 02:56 PM
Always remember the winner at Cambridge where he went to jump up to the away fans but soon bottled it when he saw the carnage on the terrace

Payney
03-05-2017, 03:04 PM
Amazing feat to attempt those three back to back.

What a bloke. Will donate some cash next payday.

Worksop Palace
03-05-2017, 03:10 PM
I've got some dust in my eye or i've got hayfever or something

FORZA SELHURST
03-05-2017, 04:53 PM
Fair play to him and good luck. He's certainly front loading the more difficult miles. Maybe this should be a sticky.

Perhaps someone might want to nudge Steve B it's 'Le Tour' not 'La'. Not being pedantic but given his line of business I'd guess it's a detail he'd want to correct.

Panther
03-05-2017, 06:14 PM
His book about riding the Tour de France route (Riding the Storm, I think?) is well worth a read. Talk about courage and determination.

orp pisshead1
03-05-2017, 06:18 PM
Ha still remeber asking Geoff in Paris after he competed his first Tour De France if he'd do it again and his answer was " **** off" said with great humour I might add:p. Good luck GT :lux:.

sideburns7
03-05-2017, 06:22 PM
His book about riding the Tour de France route (Riding the Storm, I think?) is well worth a read. Talk about courage and determination.

I read that a good few years ago,fantastic book to read

EmmerGreenEagle
03-05-2017, 06:24 PM
The Mark Bright interview from 2015 when he recalls Coppell telling him Geoff was ill is very moving. Geoff is an inspiration.

Leeroy
03-05-2017, 06:27 PM
:p

GT...CAPTAIN...LEADER...LEGEND!

NYEagle
03-05-2017, 07:41 PM
Played golf with him about 4 years ago. Said he was a 28 handicap - and he was. The guy was so normal, it was a pleasure to spend 4/5 hours in his company. Said he chose the 1990 Cup Final replay shirt. It was the same as one of his youth teams strip and they never lost a game wearing it!

PoshPalace
03-05-2017, 08:20 PM
I remember listening to a Capital Gold commentary of a Palace game back in the days when Jonathan Pearce used to have the great Bobby Moore as his co-commentator (shortly before he succombed to cancer). Moore remarked during a midweek away game that Geoff Thomas was good enough and mentally strong enough to be the England captain. He was right too. Good luck skipper.

jimos_uk
03-05-2017, 09:00 PM
I remember listening to a Capital Gold commentary of a Palace game back in the days when Jonathan Pearce used to have the great Bobby Moore as his co-commentator (shortly before he succombed to cancer). Moore remarked during a midweek away game that Geoff Thomas was good enough and mentally strong enough to be the England captain. He was right too. Good luck skipper.

My amazing Grandad introduced me to Bobby Moore back when he was commentating with JP at Selhurst. Was lovely to a totally starstruck kid.

Obviously going to throw some money at Geoff for this. It will be an amazing achievement when it's over. He's an inspiration. Oh, and a bloody great captain for us. Good luck GT.

Braders
03-05-2017, 09:09 PM
Good luck skipper, a true inspiration in whatever he does so proud of him.

NYEagle
04-05-2017, 08:34 PM
Why is this dropping down the list?

An absolute hero for us and after what he's been through, I thought every Palace fan would be on this thread.

Good luck Geoff.

Billy Rhino
05-05-2017, 03:15 AM
What a legend this man is, best of luck Geoff

stevek
05-05-2017, 06:16 AM
Yeah, yeah, great feat and all, but he doesn't have to carry his own luggage or watch Palace at the end of each ride!

Seriously, though, this is an amazing thing to take on and the guy is simply a legend and has been a massive inspiration to me. Cycling round the Surrey Hills with him in 2012 remains one of the highlights of my life.

Ardent Eagle Forever
05-05-2017, 06:48 AM
Captain Fantastic

stumpy feelers
05-05-2017, 06:59 AM
My favourite ever palace player. Legend.

biggus mickus
05-05-2017, 08:37 AM
When he comes to Spain, I will go and cheer him on.

Maidstoned Eagle
05-05-2017, 08:38 AM
When he comes to Spain, I will go and cheer him on.

I thought the same thing. ROAD TRIP!!!!

Bones14
05-05-2017, 08:42 AM
What a great man:lux:

Good luck to him and the very worthy cause.

Maidstoned Eagle
05-05-2017, 10:13 AM
When he comes to Spain, I will go and cheer him on.

He'll be in Antequera and COIN!!!!!

http://www.lavuelta.com/la-vuelta/2017/us/parcours-general.html

biggus mickus
05-05-2017, 10:13 AM
I thought the same thing. ROAD TRIP!!!!

Road trip it is then. Cool.


Edit.
Short rd trip Pete. Coin has a stage start, by the look of things.lol

Maidstoned Eagle
05-05-2017, 10:20 AM
Road trip it is then. Cool.


Edit.
Short rd trip Pete. Coin has a stage start, by the look of things.lol

Looks like a day out in Coin on the 31st then, as he does the route the day before. :)

lee_cpfc
05-05-2017, 10:33 AM
Great man. Legend.

Never forget the fantastic reception he got when he come back to Selhurst as a Wolves player...!

Maidstoned Eagle
05-05-2017, 10:36 AM
Great man. Legend.

Never forget the fantastic reception he got when he come back to Selhurst as a Wolves player...!

When he celebrated in front of the White Horse and gave them the finger after scoring?

Pat of the Palace
05-05-2017, 10:39 AM
A trip to Andorra might be on the cards for me on the Sunday.

Stellavista
05-05-2017, 10:44 AM
I just love the skipper.

Part of the Holy Trinity of Captains for me:

John Sewell
Jim Cannon
Geoff Thomas

biggus mickus
05-05-2017, 11:14 AM
Looks like a day out in Coin on the 31st then, as he does the route the day before. :)

Beer a d slagging off cyclist scum. Fantastic.

biggus mickus
05-05-2017, 11:15 AM
A trip to Andorra might be on the cards for me on the Sunday.

Do it.

pistol
05-05-2017, 12:22 PM
Top Top man, good luck Geoff

Hedgehog
23-07-2017, 06:23 PM
I'm not finding any actual story, other than reading between the lines in tweets, but did Geoff have a fall or accident, and have to sit out some time riding (the team went on without him)? I believe he has rejoined for the finale though.

Also I have been unable to locate the site where you could buy cycling gear with his foundation (and Palace) bits on them. Any links anyone?

NYEagle
23-07-2017, 09:16 PM
I am going to come over from Portugal and support one of the legs. Come on Geoff.

ElwissAtMemphis
24-07-2017, 06:31 AM
Great man. Legend.

Never forget the fantastic reception he got when he come back to Selhurst as a Wolves player...!

My recollection was that he got a very luke warm reception when he played at Selhurst for Wolves. Like Maidstoned, I remember him seeming to enjoy scoring the winner against us in a 3-2 defeat a wee bit too much. It was several years later against Crewe that he got a great ovation when he came on as a substitute.

Skintagain
24-07-2017, 07:47 AM
The game that sticks in my mind the most is a game against spurs where GT was on the subs bench (injury or something). Gascoigne had total control of the midfield.
On came GT and within 5mins there was fight between him and Gascoigne after which Palace had the midfield.
Those were the days.

Bintang
09-09-2017, 05:45 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-4864516/Geoff-Thomas-lifts-lid-incredible-Three-Tours-challenge.html

Well done Geoff.

AddoWolz
09-09-2017, 05:58 AM
What a man , such an amazing achievement, well done Geoff :p

Dorking .Eagle
09-09-2017, 06:13 AM
Geoff will be making an appearance in the Fanzone before the Southampton game, where he will be raising money for Cure Leukaemia

stamford triumph
09-09-2017, 07:20 AM
Really inspiring stuff and great support from one of our own too!

ob13
09-09-2017, 08:24 AM
What a man and legend and i would say that even if he didn't have a Palace connection.Amazing stuff.

CPFC85
09-09-2017, 08:55 AM
Fantastic effort Geoff. Inspiring.

Fatboy
09-09-2017, 08:20 PM
How fit is he ?

I believe there is one space left in the squad !!!

:love::love::love::love:

Hedgehog
17-09-2017, 01:20 AM
I see Geoff was there today, but sadly from what I can tell no mention of the event on the BBS.

As an aside - so was Sir Steve.

Louis
17-09-2017, 02:21 AM
I see Geoff was there today, but sadly from what I can tell no mention of the event on the BBS.
See above

Hedgehog
17-09-2017, 05:25 AM
See above


Well yes, it was posted he was going to be there, but nothing about how he was received etc. or if he even came on the pitch.

WandsworthEagle
17-09-2017, 07:57 AM
At half time Steve Kingdom came on the pitch for a round of applause to celebrate his "cycling the season". Then came Geoff and his bike with his 3 Tours Challenge team mates. Geoff spoke to the crowd from the centre circle and then took a penalty with some kids at the Whitehorse Lane end. He also appeared in the Fanzone earlier on and did the FYP pod extra after the game. There was also an interview with Chris Grierson on Facebook live.

Sir SC was there with the Chairman of the new Indian Premier League team that he is managing this season.

Yoda
17-09-2017, 08:14 AM
....and don't forget to mention that Geoff scored his penalty during the half-time fun to give us a Palace goal to cheer!

wrightchipvcfc
17-09-2017, 10:49 AM
What must geoff thomas think when he sees some of standard of play of some of our team and what they earn what would he be worth in transfer market today great player for the club driving forward in midfield with andy gray.That 91 season was the best team ive ever seen palace have not sure other then maybe zaha or bolasie any other palace player in last 5 seasons would get in that starting 11 so much fight and togetherness

chrisophiex
17-09-2017, 10:53 AM
I suggest that fans listen to the FYP podcast after the game yesterday for an uplifting view about our troubled future.

Nostrils
17-09-2017, 01:04 PM
....and don't forget to mention that Geoff scored his penalty during the half-time fun to give us a Palace goal to cheer!
He obviously knows there's a space in the 25, he'd certainly add a bit of bite to the midfield.

Purepalace
17-09-2017, 01:04 PM
And fitter than Sako too.

Nostrils
17-09-2017, 01:07 PM
And fitter than Sako too.
Maybe Sako could borrow his bike around France or somewhere for a month, might lose a few pounds while he does it. Win/win imo.

hedge end eagle
17-09-2017, 01:07 PM
Don't forget to donate your name to his leukaemia event via the main website, so a good cause and he is such a top bloke

Hedgehog
17-09-2017, 03:58 PM
At half time Steve Kingdom came on the pitch for a round of applause to celebrate his "cycling the season". Then came Geoff and his bike with his 3 Tours Challenge team mates. Geoff spoke to the crowd from the centre circle and then took a penalty with some kids at the Whitehorse Lane end. He also appeared in the Fanzone earlier on and did the FYP pod extra after the game. There was also an interview with Chris Grierson on Facebook live.

Sir SC was there with the Chairman of the new Indian Premier League team that he is managing this season.
Thank you WE... good to hear.

Trilby
17-09-2017, 04:10 PM
Geoff very kindly came on the FYP pod extra after the game and had some interesting thoughts on Palace atm.

Worth a listen here: https://audioboom.com/posts/6306773-fyp-podcast-224-extra-saints-reaction-w-geoff-thomas

desperado
17-09-2017, 04:11 PM
Probably the best £50k signing we've made

Captain and POTY for the second time in 90/91 when we finished third

He's been there and done it this summer so I bought the Cure Leukaemia t-shirt earlier today

Well done Geoff

desperado
17-09-2017, 04:11 PM
:clown:

WandsworthEagle
26-09-2017, 11:05 PM
Great video!

What an inspiration he is.


https://www.cpfc.co.uk/news/2017/september/watch-geoffs-reaction-to-the-3-tours-challenge/

WandsworthEagle
29-09-2017, 08:55 AM
Geoff Thomas Three Tours Challenge Cycle Jackets now available to purchase on line with all profits going to Cure Leukaemia :-

http://www.pente14.com/shop/31-3tours?live_configurator_token=59ad088e345d0b

cappuccinoeagle
16-12-2017, 05:56 PM
On Pointless Celebrities,not sure if it's new or a repeat

Crystal Glitter
20-12-2017, 08:48 AM
Geoff Thomas honoured by university for charity work. Nice one! :lux:http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-42414064

Bobby Woodruff
20-12-2017, 09:27 AM
Congratulations Doctor Thomas. Richly deserved.

SJ'sLoveMonkey
20-12-2017, 09:30 AM
Well done Geoff :p

99percent
27-12-2017, 10:32 PM
Total respect and love for GT