Cycling legend Chris Boardman to attend RIDE24 relay | Action Medical Research

Cycling legend Chris Boardman to attend RIDE24 relay

24 February 2011

Olympic gold medallist, world record breaker and all round cycling legend Chris Boardman will attend this year’s RIDE24 relay event to present the winner’s trophies. The ride takes place at new venue Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit in Sussex on 18 and 19 June.

Organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research and operated under British Cycling technical regulations, RIDE24 is the UK’s only 24-hour cycling endurance track event and is still open for team registrations.

Teams need to use stamina, speed, skill and strategy as they compete for the coveted RIDE24 trophy. While Boardman is famous for his World Hour record, which saw him cycle 56.375km in an hour, participants in this event will compete to see which team can travel furthest in 24 hours. The 2010 event was won by the Sky Estall Express team who completed 191 laps and travelled 876.6km.

As well as receiving their award from one of the biggest names in modern cycling, the winning team will also secure themselves a free place in the French 24 Heures Velo event at the legendary Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans. Swiss watchmaker Roamer will also present a watch to the rider who completes the fastest lap.

The Goodwood circuit will give RIDE24 racers a 2.4-mile smooth, slightly undulating, circular track, with viewing platforms at all the exciting corners! There are some wide open stretches, with some welcome tail winds and not-so-welcome head winds along the way.

When not in the saddle, competitors can recover in the RIDE24 rider village, which includes camping facilities, 24-hour hot and cold food and snacks, massage area, first aid and mechanical support.

Chris Boardman said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the exciting finale of this year’s RIDE24 event. There’s nothing better than the thrill of cycling against the clock. This is a great team challenge and for a good cause too.”

Event manager Sarah Stevenson, from Action Medical Research, said: “We’re thrilled to have one of cycling’s biggest names joining us for this unique event and are keen for more teams to join us for the ultimate in biking challenges at the fantastic circuit at Goodwood. It’s your chance to push yourself and your team mates to the limit in an exciting, well-supported and unforgettable experience.”

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. Last year’s event raised more than £85,000 for the charity.

For more information about RIDE24 and to register, visit the website action.org.uk/R24. Alternatively, contact Sarah Stevenson on 01273 735788 or sarahs@action.org.uk

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

Attached image shows Chris Boardman with Nicole Cooke, Cycling Ambassador for Action Medical Research, at the charity’s Champions of CycleSport Dinner.

For more information on RIDE24 and other Action Medical Research cycling events please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480
E cairey@action.org.uk
W action.org.uk

Action Medical Research has 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.

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.

For more information about the 24 Heures Velo event visit 24heuresvelo.fr

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