Join him at Donington Park at 8.30pm on Saturday (30 May) and get a chance to take home a jersey autographed by the seven-time Tour de France champion.
“The signed jersey was presented to me by Lance in 2004 for being one of his top fundraisers,” Coady told BikeRadar. “We’re planning on selling raffle tickets (at BikeRadar Live) to raise money for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in support of their Global Campaign against cancer.”
After returning from his first trip to the Tour de France in 2000 with over 18 hours of video, Coady thought he had the makings of a film. But he was broke and had no idea what he was doing, so he put it on the backburner.
“In December of 2000, my best friend’s 10-year-old daughter, Claire, was diagnosed with an advanced case of large cell neuroblastoma cancer. It had already spread from her brain to her spinal cord and I knew I had to do something big to help,” he wrote on his blog.
“I declared to my friend that I would raise US$100,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation as my way of fighting for his daughter. I was inspired to make a full-blown movie about my Tour de France adventure and I would use it to raise the money.”
Coady has since raised more than $250,000 for the LAF, and has also created another documentary on Paris-Roubaix called The Cobbles Baby!
“I’m excited to be back in the UK with British cyclists and cycling fans,” he said. “My last trip was in 1996 when I competed in the World Masters Cycling Championships in Manchester. I had a marvellous time racing, drinking in the pub at the velodrome, staring at the statue of Reg Harris and taking a shower with Chris Boardman right after he broke the world hour record, baby!”
BikeRadar Live is going to be the UK’s biggest and best cycling event, so if you’ve got a passion for cycling you’ve got to be at Donington Park this weekend.