13 March 2012
Mountain biking legend and World Expert Bike Trial Champion Martyn Ashton is encouraging riders to take part in a Morocco Bike or Hike Challenge for children’s charity Action Medical Research this summer.
The challenge, from 5-9 July, offers the choice of either a trek on foot or a mountain biking challenge following an incredible network of dirt roads through the Atlas Mountains.
The three-day cycle route is a mixture of rocky and sandy trails and involves crossing desert plateaus, climbing high cols, descending through gorges and exploring remote Berber valleys before winding down through cedar and pine forests, all under the watchful eye of the imposing Mount Toubkal, North Africa’s highest peak.
Both the cycling and trekking challenges start and finish in Marrakech, with time to explore the city and experience its unique atmosphere.
Martyn says: “This is one amazing challenge if you’re a mountain biker! You get to see Morocco and do your bit for a fantastic cause. Love it!”
Mountain bikes are supplied and riders will spend around seven to eight hours in the saddle each day on moderate to tough terrain.
Those taking part in Morocco Bike or Hike will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.
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Action Medical Research has more than 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 - the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children - is celebrating 60 years of vital research in 2012. We’ve been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 and have spent more than £100 million on research that has helped save thousands of children’s lives and changed many more. 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.
But there is still so much more to do. Make 2012 a special year and help fund more life-changing research for some of the UK’s sickest babies and children.