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Champions of CycleSport Dinner: stars of cycling gather for fundraising event to help sick babies and children

21 September 2010

Some of the biggest names on two wheels will be guests at a glittering, fundraising event to celebrate cycling and raise vital funds for children’s health charity Action Medical Research on Thursday 18 November. Professional cyclists including Olympic gold medallists Chris Boardman and Nicole Cooke are set to join 400 attendees at the first Champions of CycleSport Dinner in London.

The gala dinner will be held at the Emirates Stadium, the home of Arsenal football club, and guests have paid to enjoy a fabulous champagne reception and gourmet supper with stars from the world of cycling.

Others expected at the event include Geraint Thomas, Olympic gold medallist in the team pursuit, Tour de France rider David Millar and Martyn Ashton, mountain bike specialist and four-time British Bike Trial Champion. They are set to be joined by former pro riders Sean Yates and John Herety.

The evening is expected to be hosted by newsreader Dermot Murnaghan, himself a keen rider who has cycled with Action Medical Research on two overseas tours since 2009.    

As well as the opportunity to mix with some of cycling’s greatest riders, guests will also have the chance to bid for some top cycling prizes in the auction. Lots include cycling jerseys signed by star riders such as Chris Hoy, an introductory session on the track at the Wales National Velodrome and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a half-day’s training ride with Nicole Cooke herself.

Action Medical Research is a charity that has a passion for cycling and has built up an enviable reputation for delivering fantastic ride experiences for serious cyclists as well as hobbyists looking for a new challenge. The charity’s growing cycling portfolio includes the 100 Series of one-day regional UK rides, the highly competitive RIDE24 relay race and the biggest London to Paris ride in the charity sector.

The charity’s cycling programme for 2011 will include five new regional UK rides, including the Cross Pennine 100 and Lake District 100. There will also be a new women’s-only event led by TV’s Davina McCall and a new overseas tour, the 3 Cities Challenge, which starts in London and takes in Amsterdam and Brussels, arriving to coincide with the annual Belgian beer festival.

Money raised by the charity helps 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.

Olympic cyclist Nicole Cooke, an ambassador for the charity, says: “I became involved with Action Medical Research in 2009 and it was the charity’s passion for cycling that initially brought us together. I was privileged to visit one of the projects funded by Action at Hammersmith Hospital, London, and was very moved by the work of doctors and researchers studying premature birth. The Champions of CycleSport Dinner will be raising much-needed funds for research that could lead to life-changing treatments for babies and children.”

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Notes to editors:

List of Champions of CycleSport Dinner cycling champions

Nicole Cooke

Olympic and World Champion cyclist Nicole Cooke is Ambassador for the charity's programme of cycling events. Nicole has played a valuable role in helping make cycling events at Action Medical Research a record-breaking success.

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman, MBE, is one of Britain's greatest ever cyclists, an Olympic, Triple World Champion and World Record Holder. Chris has excelled at the highest levels within cycling and he remains at the heart of British cycling today.

Sean Yates

Sean Yates is one of the biggest names in British cycling, not least because he is one of only four Brits ever to wear the most famous garment in sport: the yellow jersey of the Tour de France leader. Sean is an avid Arsenal fan.

John Herety

Currently manager of the Rapha Condor Sharp cycling team, John Herety rode for Great Britain in the 1980 Olympic Games and won the National Pro Road Race Championships in 1982. He also managed the British road racing teams at both the Sydney and Athens Olympics.

David Millar

David Millar has won three stages of the Tour de France and two of the Vuelta a España and is the only British rider to have worn all Tour de France jerseys.

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Howell Thomas, MBE, is a Welsh professional racing cyclist who rides for Team Sky. He is a multiple track cycling world champion and Olympic gold medalist in the team pursuit.

Martyn Ashton

Mountain bike specialist and four-time British Bike Trial Champion, Martyn is team manager and rider with Team Ashton Diamondback. In 2008 he was inducted into MBUK magazine’s 'Hall of Fame'.

Dermot Murnaghan

Dermot Murnaghan is one of the nation's best-known and most experienced news readers, presenting Sky News and early evening quiz show Eggheads on BBC2. A keen cyclist, Dermot rode with the charity on one of its overseas tours in both 2009 and 2010.

For more information about the Champions of CycleSport Dinner please contact:

Jo Pickard
Tel: 01403 327429

For press information about Action Medical Research and its cycling programme please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
Tel: 01403 327480

Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

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.

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