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Mustard on his bike to Lord's for charity
DURHAM'S Phil Mustard will be among a 70-strong group of cyclists setting out from Lumley Castle today, raising money for charity on a five-day ride to Lord's.
The Big Bike Ride has been organised by the Professional Cricketers'
Association with the aim of raising £200,000 for the PCA Benevolent Fund and the Tom Maynard Trust.
Maynard's father, Matthew, is taking part, along with former England players Andrew Flintoff and Marcus Trescothick.
Mustard's preparations were hampered yesterday by a flat tyre but he
said: "There are some bike doctors travelling with us so I'll nip down to Lumley Castle and get them to fix it.
"I've done three or four 50-mile rides in training, but not the 80 miles we'll be doing on the first leg to Headingley. With such a big group we'll help each other along and it should be an interesting five days.
"I did Chester-le-Street to Leeds last year for the Chris Adams charity and thought I would like to give this a go because it's in a good cause. I've got nothing else to do this month, so it will keep me ticking along."
Northamptonshire seamer Lee Daggett, a Durham University graduate, is credited with proposing the ride and the PCA developed the idea with Brewin Dolphin as the main sponsors. The investment company also sponsor Durham.
The Tom Maynard Trust is designed to help the development of aspiring disadvantaged cricketers and other sports people who require support with different aspects of their career development.
Mustard said Durham's County Championship-winning celebrations had not interfered too much with his training.
"We had a bit of fun for a week, but I've been riding regularly since then," he said. "Most of the lads went on Chris Rushworth's stag trip to Budapest last weekend but I couldn't make it.
"Once I get over this bike ride I'll be looking to see if there are any
Twenty20 tournaments I can get involved in this winter."
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