CycleSport Dinner Changes Up a Gear! | Action Medical Research

CycleSport Dinner Changes Up a Gear!

28 November 2014

CycleSport Dinner Changes up a Gear as around £200,000 is raised for Action Medical Research

The 2014 Champions of CycleSport Dinner, supported by Broadstone and BDO LLP, has freewheeled to success, raising an incredible total of around £200,000 to help sick babies and children! This fabulous event, now in its fifth year, took place last night, on 27 November 2014 at an exciting new venue - the Battersea Evolution, with cycling legend Chris Boardman MBE again as the event Ambassador, supported by a host of cycling greats.

Other champs in attendance included Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, Jody Cundy MBE, Stephen Roche, Dean Downing, Dani King MBE, Hannah Walker, Jon Mould, Yanto Barker, Ian Wilkinson, Dean Downing, Martyn Ashton, Roger Hammond, Tom Stewart, Matti Hemmings and Jason Queally.

The evening was hosted for the fifth time by Sky News anchor Dermot Murnaghan, a keen cyclist who’s participated in various rides for Action Medical Research and who conducted live and exclusive interviews with all the Champions, sponsored by Quilter Cheviot. Popular presenter, commentator and cartoonist Marty MacDonald also returned as our MC, but this year we had a new face on stage - the Cycle Show host and TV presenter (Channel 5 News) Matt Barbet who officially welcomed everyone at the start of the dinner. David Millar spoke to the audience via a pre-recorded message and our supporter Davina McCall had kindly narrated films about our riders and the work of our charity.

As well as the opportunity to mix with some of the sport’s greatest riders and television personalities, guests also had the chance to bid for some highly-coveted, money-can’t-buy lots in the live and silent auctions. BBC ‘Match of the day’ commentator Simon Brotherton hosted the live auctions with highlights including Team Sky Kids Bike designed by FROG and signed by Team Sky, a Ride with Team Sky at their Majorca training camp in January 2015, a Dogma Pinarello Team Sky bike signed by Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, a Ride out for four people with David Millar in Gerona (including flights – date by arrangement), a Track Days for 10 people at the London Olympic Velodrome with Jody Cundy MBE and a signed Tour of California Jersey signed by Bradley Wiggins.

Artist Paul Oz had created an amazing portrait of Sir Dave Brailsford CBE which raised £4000 and for something a little different – Smeg UK donated a fridge (the same model as the one appearing in the Paddington™ Movie, in cinemas from today) but also incorporating a one-off Richard Mitchelson design of classic cyclists, which went for £2,600!

Sarah Stevenson, who organises the event for Action Medical Research, said, “My highlights this year included cycling legend Monty Young, (who recently turned 80) not only signing copies of The Pedal Club Golden Book but also the amazingly long list of awesome champions who attended. In year one, we had three and just four years later we are attracting 16. It shows what a reputation this event is getting!”

David Brailsford said, “I always love coming to the Champions of CycleSport dinner and I’m proud to support it! The CycleSport dinner is a celebration of all that’s great about cycling – in the UK as a whole and in particular the rides that Action Medical Research has put on over the past year. It’s been another really great evening.”

The evening would not have been possible without the generous support of the event sponsors, Broadstone, BDO LLP, Quilter Cheviot, Frog Bikes and Rouleur.

For more information about the Champions of CycleSport Dinner or contact Sarah Stevenson Tel: 01273 735788. For details of Action Medical Research’s cycling events visit:

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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
  • targetting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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For more information about our joint lead sponsors of the Champions of CycleSport Dinner:-  Broadstone ( and BDO ( Support sponsors include Frog Bikes (, One Stop ( and Rouleur ( magazine.Quilter Cheviot ( sponsored the interviews with the cycling legends.


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