Mark Cavendish MBE

Known as the 'fastest man on two wheels', ‘Cav’, as he is known, was originally a track cyclist but now specialises on the road, rising to prominence as a sprinter. On the track he has been both World and Commonwealth Games champion. He was also UCI Road Race World champion in 2011. He has so far notched up 23 Tour de France stages wins and in 2012 became the first ever cyclist to win the final stage on the Champs Elysees four years in a row. Mark was the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year and has an MBE for “services to British cycling”.

A guest at our Champions of CycleSport Dinner in 2011, his most successful year to date, Mark said: "Action Medical Research offers a great range of quality cycling events. Whether you want to cycle from London to Paris, or you're up for taking on a 100-mile ride where you live, there really is something for everyone. Every ride raises money to help stop the suffering of sick babies and children. I attended the charity's Champions of CycleSport event and saw for myself just how important this fundraising is so I would urge cyclists to saddle up and take part."