A GROUP of cyclists will be travelling through Troon, en route to Ardrossan Harbour, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

On Thursday, June 7, the team, who are taking part in this year’s Keyline Charity Cycle, will be travelling from Dumfries to Inverness, over a three-day period.

The 27 cyclists are aiming to equal, or better, last year’s total of more than £8,000.

Drainage specialists Keyline are staging the event which starts at their Dumfries branch and ends at the Inverness equivalent.

Day One takes them from Dumfries to Ardrossan Harbour — 96 miles; On Friday it’s north to Oban, travelling on and off Arran via ferry — 96 miles and finally into the Highlands towards Inverness — 108 miles.

Having completed 300 miles and a total climb of 14,000ft, the equivalent of scaling Ben Nevis three times, the cyclists will receive a hero’s welcome from colleagues, friends and family.

Keyline’s partnership with Prostate Cancer UK has raised awareness as well as significant sums of money since it began in 2010.

Frazer MacBean, Keyline’s Regional Operations Manager for Scotland and the North, said: “After such astonishing success at last year’s event, we have decided to host the charity cycle again this summer.

“We intend to smash last year’s generous donations that totalled a staggering £8,000. Everyone at Keyline is extremely grateful for the ongoing support this event has received and we welcome everyone to help raise more money for an amazing cause.”

James Beeby, Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, added: “Our partnership with Keyline is Men United in action. 

“It’s developed into a genuine friendship as the two organisations have got together to do something great to beat prostate cancer.

“It has all made a terrific difference to our work for men across the UK and this award is brilliant recognition of an absolutely brilliant partnership.”