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Guestlist looks golden for high-profile charity cycling event

1 November 2016

With less than one month to go, the guestlist is looking golden for the seventh annual Champions of CycleSport Dinner in aid of Action Medical Research.

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Kenny OBE will be heading up the red carpet on Thursday, 24 November 2016, along with Jody Cundy MBE, fresh from his double gold victory in the Rio Paralympics.

Joining them at Battersea Evolution for the star-studded event will be 2012 Olympic champion Dani King MBE, fellow gold medal winner Steven Burke MBE and Team GB road cyclist Geraint Thomas MBE, who will be the guest of Protect Your Bubble.

The Champions of CycleSport Dinner, which is supported by Maserati and Garmin, will be opened by former rowing world champion and double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell OBE.

Peter Denton, Region Manager of Maserati North Europe, says: “The tireless work that Action Medical Research carries out is truly remarkable and we’re delighted to see the developments and advancements that their work is producing on a daily basis. It is testament to them that we have such a star-studded line up for this year’s Champions of Cyclesport Dinner. It will be a real privilege to see Laura Kenny, one of Great Britain’s most successful cyclists, at Battersea Evolution and Maserati are proud to be able to support Action Medical Research with this fantastic evening of fundraising.”

Gail Cook, UK & Ireland Marcomms Manager at Garmin, says: “We’re delighted to sponsor The Champions of CycleSport Dinner for another year. It’s a great event which pays homage to amazing athletes and raises money for a fantastic cause.”

Also attending will be Movistar's Alex Dowsett, JLT-Condor’s Russ Downing, mountain biking legend Martyn Ashton and Jack Bauer from Cannondale-Drapac. Darren Kenny OBE and Rochelle Gilmore, Team Manager for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling, will be joined by Stephen Roche and Dean Downing as well as Scottish former professional road racing cyclist David Millar and Roger Hammond, Team Manager at Madison Genesis.

The event, which is also sponsored by BDOVELO, reflects Action Medical Research's passion for all things cycling: guests can mingle with some of the world's greatest cyclists while raising funds to help save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.

Chris Grove, partner at BDO LLP, said: “BDOVELO is delighted to be able to support Action Medical Research and the excellent work they do by sponsoring this tremendous event for a third year.”

For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.

The charity is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Last year’s sold-out dinner raised almost £250,000 with unmissable auction prizes including a trip for two to Mallorca with Team Sky on their training camp in January. This year’s auction, which will be sponsored by Keepmoat, will include a signed painting of Chris Froome by Paul Oz as well as tickets to the Tour de France.

Tim Wray, Finance Director for Keepmoat Homes, says: “Keepmoat is thrilled to yet again support this event and to help raise money for Action Medical Research. It’s always a great event with a fantastic turnout in support of a great cause. We look forward to attending again and we wish everyone the best of luck in the auction!”

For more information on the Champions of CycleSport Dinner, please visit .

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For a high-res image of Geraint Thomas as the 2015 Champions of CycleSport Dinner, click on the link below (CREDIT PHIL O’CONNOR):



About Maserati:

Officine Alfieri Maserati was founded on 1 December, 1914 in Bologna, Italy. Since then, Maserati has played a consistently important role in the history of sports car culture and its development. Every Maserati is like a work of art, its perfection expressing the marque’s proud history. Celebrating over 100 years of unmistakable styling and technological innovation, Maserati is a company in rapid expansion. With presence in 65 markets worldwide, its role is clearly confirmed as an international ambassador of Italian excellence. This excellence is conveyed every day with passion through products of outstanding performance seen in the GranTurismo, GranCabrio, Ghibli, Quattroporte and the new Levante SUV.

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About Garmin International Inc:

Garmin International Inc. is a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation. Since 1989, this group of companies has designed, manufactured, marketed and sold navigation, communication and information devices and applications – most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin’s products serve automotive, mobile, wireless, outdoor recreation, marine, aviation, and OEM applications. A component of the S&P 500 index, Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in Switzerland, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Garmin is a registered trademark of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.  All other brands, product names, company names, trademarks and service marks are the properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.



BDOVELO is a club that provides a forum for senior business executives to meet whilst sharing their passion for cycling. The sport is becoming ever more popular with this group of people but there are very few opportunities to network with each other at cycling based events. BDOVELO aims to fill this gap by organising regular rides and non-ride events with a cycling theme where executives can get together to share experiences and do business. For more information on BDOVELO visit


About Keepmoat:

Keepmoat is a top 10 UK housing and construction company. Working together with housing associations and local authorities, Keepmoat designs, builds, refurbishes and regenerates places to improve economic and social outcomes for people across Great Britain.

Keepmoat’s specific areas of expertise include: new build homes, community regeneration, responsive maintenance, retirement solutions and energy efficient technology.

Keepmoat employs over 3,500 people across Great Britain, with 9% of its workforce made up of trainees, apprentices and graduates.

For more information about Keepmoat, please visit 


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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For more than 60 years we’ve helped pioneer ways to prevent disease and develop treatments benefiting millions of people. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths. But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you.

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