24-hour cycle challenge for children’s charity hopes to raise £65,000
200 riders took to the saddle at the fourth RIDE24 with Air Partner cycling challenge in the hope to raise £65,000 for children's charity Action Medical Research.
The event was held at the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit on 23 and 24 June and included 40 solo riders - seven of whom were Race Across America (RAAM) 2013 hopefuls.
RIDE24 is an official qualifying event for Race Across America (RAAM) solo riders, who need to prove they are good enough to take on the world-famous ultra-endurance cycling race.
The coveted RIDE24 solo rider trophy was won by RAAM hopeful Stewart Edwards, who travelled 180 laps in 24 hours.
The RIDE24 team winner trophy was won by a team of four from the University of Birmingham who travelled 226 laps in total. They have also secured themselves a free place in the French 24 Heures Velo event at the legendary Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans.
Defending their title was 27 year old Sports Science Phd student - Xavier Disley. He says: “It’s a unique 24 hour event which lends itself beautifully to several team camaraderie opportunities. Though it was raining for most part, we were so well looked after by Action Medical Research that we just carried on regardless. The University of Birmingham intends to send teams back every year and we will continue to fly the flag for this fantastic charity.”
Organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research and operated under British Cycling technical regulations, the event is the UK’s only 24-hour cycling endurance track event.
Event manager Sarah Stevenson, from Action Medical Research, says: “This year’s RIDE24 with Air Partner was a huge success! It was particularly tough as the riders were faced with 10 solid hours of heavy rain and 29 mile an hour head winds all through the night. Action Medical Research is truly indebted to every participant for enduring this race to help raise funds. A very special thanks to Air Partner, Cyclosport.org, Zero Carbon World, High 5, Complete Wellbeing, Claude Gasnal organisation and all the marshals and British Cycling for their support. The event will not have been possible without you!”
Cyclists participating in RIDE24 raise money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and premature birth, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
To find out more about the ride and sign up visit the website www.action.org.uk/ride24.
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Winning team - University of Birmingham
For more information about RIDE24 please contact:
Sarah Stevenson, Community Fundraising Manager
T 01273 735788
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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.