CYCLISTS set off on the route from Ibrox to the Britannia Stadium this morning in their bid to raise vital funds for two fantastic charities.
A total of 50 bikers from both sides of the border are taking part in the second annual fund-raiser, making the 300 mile trek from Glasgow to Stoke-on-Trent over the next three days in time for the Potters' home game with Fulham on Saturday.
The Stoke contingent, including the Club's Head of Community Adrian Hurst, made their way up to Scotland yesterday, where they were greeted by Rangers manager Ally McCoist and given hospitality at the Mar Hall Golf and Spa resort.
By 1.00pm today, the early runners had already arrived into Abington in South Lanarkshire, halfway to the English border.
The 300 Miles 3 Days challenge was the brainchild of cycling enthusiasts and James Bertram and Gordon Walker, work colleagues at Stoke Citroen who support the two clubs.
Last year they raised £14,000 with the money raised being split between Stoke City's Community Trust and the Rangers Charity Foundation.
This year the target is £50,000 and supporters are being encouraged to donate whatever they can to help them achieve it.
Midfielder Charlie Adam and Rangers goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, part of City's Premier League promotion winning squad of 2008, have already given their support to the challenge and you can do so too by donating via the Just Giving page HERE.
The cycle challenge is being supported by Marbill Coaches, Evans Halshaw, Brian Rourke, Longstaff cycles, Enterprise rent a car, Pure Gym Stoke, Nuffield Health, Provision cycle clothing, the Louden Tavern, Coopers Bar Wishaw and PREM Management.