400 Action cyclists head from London to Paris
Almost 400 cyclists will be setting out on a 300-mile London to Paris bike ride tomorrow (Wednesday 17 July) to coincide with the finale of the 100th Tour de France and help raise around £600,000 for children’s charity Action Medical Research.
Riders will leave from Tower Bridge, passing through South East London and into the Kent countryside as they head towards Dover. Another group will leave from Chessington and head through Surrey and Hampshire down to Portsmouth where they will travel to Caen.
The event finishes in Paris on Saturday with all the cyclists riding in convoy down the Champs Élysées to the Eiffel Tower the day before the centenary Tour de France race finishes along the same streets.
Cyclists participating in the annual ride will be raising money to fund medical research to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children. With the help of its supporters, Action has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for over 60 years, starting with the development of the first UK polio vaccines.
The charity is currently funding research into many conditions, including preventing early labour and developing treatments for babies affected by premature birth, helping children with disabilities and tackling rare diseases for which there are currently no cures.
Some of the cyclists are taking part for very personal reasons – because their family has experienced the affects of a serious medical condition, to remember a lost baby or child, or to help others by raising funds for medical research to help babies and children. Some are devotees of the event who come back year after year and some are first-timers looking for a new challenge.
The charity is already recruiting riders for its next London to Paris ride in 2014. There will be three four-day routes to choose from and a new 24-hour challenge for teams of two. For more information visit www.action.org.uk/L2P2014
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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research.
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.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.
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