A 61 year old Stewarton man, Steve Taylor, is attempting to pull off the most improbable of marathons in order to raise
money for the Neuroblastoma Children’s Charity Alliance. The NCCA UK helps families affected by the childhood
cancer, neuroblastoma, enabling greater access to treatment, further research and better education and awareness.
In most cases neuroblastoma is only diagnosed when it has already progressed to a late ‘high risk’ stage. Even when
children are tested clear of neuroblastoma after initial hospital treatment, a high percentage of children with high risk
neuroblastoma will relapse and some children will not respond to therapy.
Steve has challenged himself to cycle 25,000 miles to and from his work in Glasgow before he retires in 2018, and
he’s looking for the good people of Stewarton to get behind his challenge by donating ONE PENNY for every mile
that he rides.
Steve started out on his impossible task last summer after reading about Vanessa Riddle from Troon who had been
battling the disease, and more recently, Alfie Sharpe from Kilmarnock.
Steve’s schedule is daunting to say the least. To regular early morning commuters out Stewarton, Steve is the guy in
the bright yellow jacket heading up the Cutstraw Road at 5:30am. To drivers on the old A77, he’s the guy in the cycle
lane with the light show on the back of his bike. To his supporters, he’s just the guy who refuses to say no to the
biggest endurance challenge in town.
The circumference of the earth around the equator is 24,902 miles. Steve is attempting to top that in getting to and
from his work on a bike. And he’ll be doing it every working day in all weathers for the next four years.
Asked where the idea came from, Steve was quick to point out that he has previous in this regard. “I didn’t actually
set out to undertake a big endurance event every ten years but it’s kind of been that way it’s been since I was 20:
and they just got more outrageous along the way. This is probably going to be last in line so I thought I’d make it a
Steve has a blog http://lifecycleforneuroblastoma.com where the extraordinary story of the ride is being captured in
words, numbers and experiences. New stories are appearing every week.
The statistics of LifeCycle For Neuroblastoma are simply mind-boggling:
Steve’s weekly commute is the equivalent of cycling from Glasgow to Inverness
800ft of ascent in each direction means that Steve is climbing the equivalent of Ben Nevis twice a week
He passes the Whitelee Windfarm twice a day: it’s the biggest onshore windfarm in Europe because it’s windy! By the end of April, Steve had already clocked up over 5,000 miles.
He burns up 2000 calories on the bike every day
By the time he’s done, Steve will have burnt up the calorie equivalent of 4,500 Mars Bars
Supporting the LifeCycle For Neuroblastoma project costs no more than a can of juice and a couple of packets of
crisps a week. That’s more than enough to match the 180 miles that Steve has to cycle.
You can become a supporter by donating those pennies every week or every month at