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PUBLISHED: 10:50 18 February 2010 | UPDATED: 09:32 12 August 2010

ON YOUR BIKE: Lawrence Dallaglio

ON YOUR BIKE: Lawrence Dallaglio

RESIDENTS can catch a glimpse of world cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio as he aims to raise £1 million for charity by cycling the Six Nations.

RESIDENTS can catch a glimpse of world cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio as he aims to raise £1 million for charity by cycling the Six Nations.

During the UK stage of the 2,800km ride he is expected to pass Biggin Hill Airport in a team of 250 cycling from Maidstone to England's home ground Twickenham next Friday.

Former footballers Lee Dixon and Les Ferdinand took part in the first leg, with the trio heading from Rome to the Italian city San Remo last Friday.

They are expected to be joined by other celebrities, who are cycling Europe in aid of Sport Relief and the Dallaglio Foundation.

The gruelling Dallaglio Cycle Slam will take place over the course of a month finishing in Edinburgh as England compete in the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

Lawrence Dallaglio, founder of the Dallaglio Foundation, said: "I've been training for this for a long time and it is a relief to finally get started. There are a lot of us taking part and we are definitely looking to encourage each other along on such a tough and challenging ride.

"Since I hung up my international boots, I have had to watch the 6 Nations wishing I was still on the pitch. This is my own new way of taking on Europe and I am sure it will hurt just as much."

His team will cycle through all of the RBS 6 Nations countries in five stages, taking in each of the international rugby stadia along the way.

Money raised will be split evenly between the two charities.

Les Ferdinand, who played 17 times for England between 1993 and 1998, said: "It is going to be a very difficult cycle for everybody involved.

"Lee Dixon and I aren't well known cyclists, but I hope we represent footballers well. I have been training hard and been a keen rider for a while now.

"This is my first ride of this magnitude but it's not a race because it is for charity."

Beneficiaries of the newly formed Dallaglio Foundation include Cancer Research, DebRA, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Help for Heroes and the RPA Benevolent Fund.

Launched following the death of the star's mother Eileen, who lost her courageous battle with cancer in December 2008, the Dallaglio Foundation has already raised more than £600,000 for Cancer Research UK through its prestigious charity party, 8Rocks, which took place in November.

To find out exact route details go to www.dallagliocycleslam.com or to donate visit www.justgiving.com/dallagliocycleslam

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