Nathan McAvoy and Seven Brothers Brewery join Empire State 500

Nathan McAvoy and Seven Brothers Brewery join Empire State 500

Challenge Cup final winner and former England star Nathan McAvoy is gearing up to join Rugby League Cares on its boldest fundraising venture, the UK Red Empire State 500.

Nathan, who rode to Wembley with the charity in both 2018 and 2019, will cycle alongside fellow Rugby League heroes Sam Burgess, Keith Senior, Robbie Hunter-Paul, Danny McGuire and Canada captain MacKenzie Fane on the epic adventure.

The Empire State 500 is a six-day cycling challenge from the spectacular Niagara Falls to the evocative New York City that will push all 23 riders involved to the limit.

Nathan, a former Bradford Bulls, Salford and Wigan back, is looking forward to testing himself on what he feels will be the experience of a lifetime.

“It’s an amazing opportunity that’s going to be a challenge in every sense,” said Nathan. “500 off-road miles on unfamiliar terrain will be tough but it’s for a very good cause and I’m really looking forward to it.

“RL Cares does a fantastic job supporting people across the sport in so many ways and it’s a privilege to be able to help.”

Nathan now works as Property and Projects Manager for his Salford-based family firm, Seven Brothers Brewery, who also run an expanding portfolio of bars in the North West.

To celebrate Nathan’s involvement in the Empire State 500, Seven Brothers Brewery will be hosting a post-ride celebration party for all the riders and their guests, and donating the proceeds to Rugby League Cares.

Chris Rostron, the Head of Rugby League Cares, said: “It’s great to have Nathan back on board for our biggest challenge and we’re delighted to have the support of Seven Brothers Brewery as one of the ride’s associate partners.

“The UK Red Empire State 500 is a very important event for the charity: every penny we raise allows us to continue our important work enhancing the lives of people involved at every level of the Rugby League family.”

The Empire State 500 riders will meet up in Toronto on Friday May 1 and attend the Toronto Wolfpack v St Helens Super League fixture the following day.

After the game they travel to Niagara Falls, USA, and on Sunday morning set off on the long-distance ride, following the course of the Erie Canal to Albany, crossing the Catskill Mountains and along the Appalachian Trail before making their way along the Hudson River into Manhattan, where they are scheduled to arrive on Friday May 8.

Please show your support for the charity’s work by sponsoring Nathan via his Justgiving page