BBC cycling commentator to host live auction at star-studded Champions of CycleSport Dinner | Action Medical Research

BBC cycling commentator to host live auction at star-studded Champions of CycleSport Dinner

11 July 2013

BBC commentator Simon Brotherton will host a live auction full of highly coveted cycling lots at the Champions of CycleSport Dinner in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research. Tables are currently on sale for the event, which is attended by some of the biggest names on two wheels and supported by online retailer Wiggle, to be held on 28 November at London’s exclusive Hurlingham Club.

Currently out on the road covering his 19th Tour de France, Brotherton is a well-known voice of cycling on Radio 5 Live and BBC TV, as well as a football commentator for Match of the Day. He is the latest addition to a star-studded guest list, which already includes Chris Boardman MBE (official Ambassador for the event), Jonathan Tiernan-Locke and Jody Cundy, with more names to be confirmed.

The live auction, sponsored by Frog Bikes, promises a host of exclusive cycling lots, including a fantastic VIP hospitality package for two to enjoy the finale of the 2014 Tour de France, kindly donated by Team Sky. This time next year the winning bidder will join Team Sky on the Champs-Élysées for the final stage of the legendary race, followed by a champagne reception, three-course meal and drinks with the riders – yes, you could be clinking glasses with the likes of Chris Froome!

Simon Brotherton says: “I am really pleased to be asked to host the auction at this year’s Champions of CycleSport Dinner. I saw all the activity it generated on Twitter last year and realised just what a significant event this is in the cycling calendar and wanted to be part of it. It’s a wonderful way to celebrate cycling and to raise money for an incredible cause. As a parent myself, I know how worrying it can be if your child is unwell so I fully support the work Action Medical Research does to help sick and vulnerable babies and children.”

Action Medical Research Head of Fundraising, David Graham, says: “It’s great that Simon spotted the ‘noise’ around last year’s event and wanted to get involved. This year promises to be bigger and better, so he won’t be disappointed. We’re thrilled to have one of the ‘voices of cycling’ running our auction, which is already jam-packed with some out-of-this world cycling items that enthusiasts will be clamouring to get their hands on!”

The Champions of CycleSport Dinner celebrates the charity’s passion for all things cycling and last year raised £180,000 towards its vital work helping sick babies and children. Now in its fourth year, more than 650 guests attended the 2012 function and got the chance to mingle with cycling greats including Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell MBE and Team GB supremo Sir Dave Brailsford.

The event is also supported by Media Partner Rouleur.

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Chris Boardman MBE and Sir Dave Brailsford


Tables of 10 can be reserved from £1,250.

For more information about Champions of CycleSport Dinner and to reserve a table, please contact:
Sarah Stevenson, Community Fundraising Manager
T 01273 735788


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Clare Airey, Senior Press and PR Officer
T 01403 327480

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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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