Robbie Elliott’s friends in the north have hailed their pal as the wheel deal.
The former Toon favourite launched The Robbie Elliott Foundation earlier this year.
And Robbie announced Bike For Bobby – an ambitious 3,500 mile fundraising trek cycling non-stop from Lisbon to Newcastle.
Now two homegrown England stars have thrown their weight behind their big mate’s trip of a lifetime.
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes fitness fanatic Robbie is on course to raise thousands of pounds in the memory of Sir Bobby Robson and Durham pace bowler Steve Harmison is backing the ex-Newcastle defender to make headlines across Europe.
“I saw Robbie a couple of weeks before he launched his Foundation,” said Geordie schemer Carrick. “But everything was under wraps and he was sworn to secrecy. I had no idea what he was going to attempt but it’s amazing and I’m right behind him.”
Harmy has known Robbie for a number of years and the Ashington Express echoed Carrick’s support.
“Robbie is a great lad and I’ll be keeping a close eye on how he gets on,” added the former England bowler. “I’m sure he’ll get the job done and I’m happy to support Bike For Bobby.”
Robbie said: “I’ve know Steve and Michael for years and I really appreciate their support. It means so much to have two lads at the top of their sports backing me. I saw Michael at Old Trafford before the launch of the Foundation and nearly let slip my plans.”
“But now Bike For Bobby is out in the open I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from across the globe. The hard work starts now and I’m working around the clock to make sure I’m in shape.”