Press release

24-hour fast track, stamina-busting cycle challenge: do you have what it takes?

7 December 2012

If you think you have what it takes to be a 2013 cycling champion, then sign up for RIDE24 at Thruxton Motor Circuit for the ultimate stamina-busting, 24-hour non-stop relay racing spectacular!

Registration is now open for RIDE24, the UK’s finest cycling endurance track event, taking place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2013.

Organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research and operated under British Cycling technical regulations, the event is open to relay teams of four as well as solo riders. It’s your chance to push yourself to the limit in an exciting, well-supported and unforgettable experience – and all for a great cause.

Chris Boardman MBE, Olympic gold medallist and arguably Britain’s most successful cyclist, says: “RIDE24 is a great stamina-busting event for you and your team. So sign up today because every mile your ride and every penny you raise will help save and change children’s lives.”

Heed Chris Boardman’s call in this video to take up the RIDE24 challenge:
http://youtu.be/O9CvimyGvyM?hd=1

The Thruxton venue is new for 2013 – the fastest track in the UK! The Hampshire-based track is easily accessed (Andover, just off the A303), and offers RIDE24 racers a fabulous 2.4 mile smooth circuit with one small climb and wonderful 60-foot wide sweeping bends!

The team with the most laps covered in 24 hours wins the coveted RIDE24 WINNERS TEAM title, held for two years now by a team from the University of Birmingham. Are you ready to challenge the reigning champions.

When not in the saddle, competitors can recover in the RIDE24 rider village, which includes:
• Hospitality marquee with hot showers and free massage!
• Camping facilities
• First aid and mechanical support
Free 24-hour hot and cold cycling friendly food and free energy powders.

Event manager Sarah Stevenson says: “Year after year riders return to RIDE24 because Action Medical Research knows how to lay on a great race: 24-hour hot food, free 24-hour massages and hot showers this year! Thruxton Motor Circuit offers riders the excitement of the ‘fastest track in the UK’ and the gauntlet has been thrown down for teams to claim the RIDE24 WINNERS TEAM title, so what are you waiting for?”

Cyclists participating in RIDE24 raise money to help fund medical research to help sick babies and children. The charity is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Last year’s event raised more than £70,000 for the charity.

There are several different entry options:
Fundraising team option: teams of four can enter for £240. The team commits to raising £1300 in sponsorship
Sportive team option: teams of four can enter for £1000. No further payment/sponsorship is due
Fundraising solo rider: a rider can enter for £60. The rider commits to raising £325 in sponsorship
Sportive solo rider: a rider can enter for £250. No further payment/sponsorship is due.

For more information about RIDE24 and to register, visit the website: action.org.uk/ride24
Or contact Sarah Stevenson on 01273 735788 or sarahs@action.org.uk

Chris Boardman:
http://youtu.be/O9CvimyGvyM?hd=1

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NOTES TO EDITORS:
For further information please contact:
Toni Slater, Communications Manager
T: 01403 327478
E: tslater@action.org.uk
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Action Medical Research - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more.

Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:
• tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
• helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
• targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.