RIDE24 cycling challenge on a bamboo bike! | Action Medical Research

RIDE24 cycling challenge on a bamboo bike!

31 January 2013

23-year-old graduate Adam Herriott is taking on the 2013 RIDE24 – the original and best 24-hour non-stop endurance cycle race. A worthy challenge in itself but Adam will be building a bike specifically for the event – made out of bamboo!

Bamboo is one of the most interesting trends to emerge in bike construction. A bamboo ride is reported to be light, stiff and smooth thanks to the natural material’s ability to dampen vibration.

RIDE24 will be held Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September at Thruxton Motor Circuit – the fastest track in the UK. Adam and other RIDE24 racers will take on the 2.4 mile smooth circuit and wonderful 60-foot wide sweeping bends.

Adam decided to sign up to RIDE24 to challenge his cycling stamina and to raise money for children’s charity Action Medical Research, who organise the ride. “A great charity whose work funding research to help sick babies and children should surely strike a chord with most people.” says Adam.

He was inspired to build his own bike after reading an online article about the benefits of bamboo. Adam says: “I have never built a bike from scratch before, only replaced the odd part on my bikes every now and then. The bamboo bikes look amazing and the fact they are made from renewable material is a big tick for me as I'm interested in environmental sustainability.”

“It’s going to be the coolest looking and most unique bike at RIDE24!” says Adam.

Currently using a second-hand road bike, Adam cycles from Woking to work in Hounslow five days a week; clocking up 150 miles per week before weekend rides. He is booked onto a weekend workshop with Bamboo Bicycle Club in Hackney, East London, in April to build his bike for RIDE24.

Operated under British Cycling technical regulations, the RIDE24 is open to relay teams of four as well as solo riders. Entry from just £60 includes free race support, free 24-hour hot and cold cycling-friendly food and free energy drinks and packs from HIGH5 – as well as hot showers and free massage.

Action Medical Research is currently supporting work around Down syndrome, epilepsy, sickle cell disease, and diabetes, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

For more information about RIDE24 and to register, visit the website: www.action.org.uk/ride24
Or contact Sarah Stevenson on 01273 735788 or sarahs@action.org.uk

Take a look at the event and what to expect in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsRM66lRTsg

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

High-res pictures can be downloaded from these links:
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/adam-herrio...
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/bike__graff...
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/bike.jpg
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/frame.jpg
http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/frame_build...

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E: tslater@action.org.uk
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