11 May 2010
Cyclists will have a rare opportunity to ride alongside Irish road racing legend Sean Kelly when he takes part in the inaugural Down 100 cycle challenge in Northern Ireland on Sunday 6 June.
The new event is part of the popular 100 Series of UK challenge rides run by children’s health charity Action Medical Research. Taking place against the stunning backdrop of Strangford Lough, County Down, there is a choice of two distances: a gruelling 100-miler and a shorter, but still tough, 100km circular route. Both pass along quiet country lanes through areas of outstanding scenery – a landscape dotted with loughs, castles and mountains in the distance.
‘King Kelly’, now a cycling commentator on Eurosport TV, was one of the most successful road cyclists of all time. He won almost 200 races over the course of an 18-year pro-cycling career that spanned three decades and was ranked World Number One cyclist for six years running from 1984 to 1989. His impressive list of wins includes Vuelta a Espana and Tour of Switzerland. He won the Giro di Lombardia, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix twice each, won seven consecutive Paris-Nice titles and took part in the Tour de France 14 times, winning the green jersey four times.
Sean says: “I’m delighted to be taking part in the Down 100 to promote cycling and to support such a worthy cause such as Action Medical Research. Come along for the ride and help establish this great new event and raise much needed funds.”
Mark Trott, UK Cycling Development Manager at Action Medical Research, says: “We are thrilled to have the legendry Sean Kelly joining us for this new event. The picturesque but challenging route offers a fantastic day’s ride with the added bonus of the chance to ride with cycling royalty.”
Cyclists participating in the event will raise money to help fund vital work that aims to prevent, cure or treat conditions that devastate the lives of many thousands of babies and children and their families. Action Medical Research is currently funding a study taking place at the Royal Jubilee Hospital Belfast and Queens University. This is looking at developing ultrasound and computing techniques to help detect fetal movement and prevent stillbirth.
Places are limited so make sure you register soon. For more information about the Down 100 and to register, visit the website www.action.org.uk/down100
Entry costs £25 and you will also need to raise a minimum of £25 in sponsorship.
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Notes to editors:
NOTES TO EDITORS:
For more information about the Down 100 contact
Jenny Hanna, Community Fundraising Manager Northern Ireland, Action Medical Research
Tel: 028 9062 2518
For information about Action Medical Research please contact
Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
Tel: + 44 (0)1403 327480
Action Medical Research has more than 25 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.