Goodwood Motor Circuit hosts 24-hour cycle challenge | Action Medical Research

Goodwood Motor Circuit hosts 24-hour cycle challenge

20 December 2010

RIDE24, the UK’s only 24-hour cycling endurance track event, has an exciting new venue for 2011. Organised by children’s health charity Action Medical Research and operated under British Cycling technical regulations, next year’s race will take place at the Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Sussex, on 18 and 19 June.

The new venue is the only classic motor racing circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form and 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.

Teams of four will need to use stamina, speed, skill and strategy as they compete for the coveted RIDE24 trophy, won by the team that completes the most laps and therefore travels furthest in 24 hours. 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.

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.

Event manager Sarah Stevenson, from Action Medical Research, says: “This is the ultimate in biking challenges, with teams racing day and night around a fantastic circuit. It’s your chance to push yourself and your team mates to the limit in an exciting, well-supported and unforgettable experience, and all for a good cause. Next year’s event promises to be bigger, better and more competitive than ever so do join us.”

The 2010 event was won by the Sky Estall Express team, a team of BSkyB employees, who completed 191 laps, travelling 876.6km. Team captain Richard Broadbent said: “We were pushed every yard by some superb and very hungry competition but by dawn had built up a decent lead. Crossing the line for the final time was unforgettable – my best ever moment on two wheels. The event was slickly organised and had a fantastic atmosphere, with friendly faces both on and off the track – mostly masking a steely determination to win!”

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
www.action.org.uk/ride24.  Alternatively, contact Sarah Stevenson on 01273 735788 or sarahs@action.org.uk.

There is a registration fee of £299 per team and you will also need to raise £1,250 in sponsorship as a team.

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Notes to editors:

For further press information on Action Medical Research RIDE24 and accompanying photography, please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
Tel: 01403 327480
Email: cairey@action.org.uk

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.

www.action.org.uk

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