Geoff Thomas is a former footballer, who won nine caps for England and captained Crystal Palace in the 1990 FA Cup Final against Manchester United.
A year after retiring, in June 2003, Geoff was diagnosed with leukaemia. Not only did he recover, only 2 years later, but Geoff also raised over £150,000 for Leukaemia Research by cycling each of the 21 stages of the 2005 Tour de France (a few days ahead of the race with a group of friends). This is a feat he’s repeated a further 3 times. This summer will ride a final time in order to raise over £1 million for Cure Leukaemia.
In this inspirational conversation, we look back at the experiences that shaped Geoff’s life. The moments that have driven him in his career, to survive cancer and undertake large scale fundraising efforts. We discuss how he found his focus, how he manages and copes with the discomfort and pain of riding 21 successive days over 2000 miles leading 20 fellow riders.
Geoff also explains how you can get involved and virtually ride one of the stages in order to help the project hit its financial target and you can push your own physical and psychological limits.