RIDE24: Le Mans 24 Hour cycling race prize
Teams taking part in this year’s RIDE24 – the original and best 24-hour non-stop endurance cycle race – will also be competing for a free team place in the prestigious French “24 Heures Vélo” at the legendary Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans, France.
A British Cycling registered event, RIDE24 will be held Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September at Thruxton Motor Circuit – the fastest track in the UK. RIDE24 racers will take on the 2.4 mile smooth circuit, with long sweeping bends, in a test of endurance, tactics and sheer determination.
The team with the most laps covered in 24 hours will win the coveted RIDE24 winner’s team title, held for two years by a team from the University of Birmingham. The winning team will also secure themselves a free place in the 2014 French 24 Heures Velo in Le Mans.
Xavier Disley, captain of the RIDE24 reigning champions’ team from the University of Birmingham, says: “Having done RIDE24 twice now, the organisation and experience just keeps getting better and better. The friendly staff and competitors are definitely welcome when you're 17 hours in and really feeling the fatigue!"
“This year promises to be more of the same and we would recommend RIDE 24 to everyone - especially as the winners get the chance to ride at the 24 Heures Vélo in Le Mans, an amazing experience with 400-plus teams, a taxing circuit, warm weather and some fast and exciting racing!”
Romain Gasnal, Le Mans 24 Hours Cycling event manager, says: “For the third year, it is a pleasure to invite the winning team from RIDE24. The 2012 winning team from the University of Birmingham team took a great 21st place at Le Mans in the final general ranking, 12th in the Four Riders category, covering an impressive 220 laps of the Bugatti race track (920km). Great Britain was the most represented country in 2012, with 27 teams (120 riders). Will 2013 be the first year of a British team victory?”
RIDE24 is organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research. The charity 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/r24
Take a look at RIDE24 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsRM66lRTsg
NOTES TO EDITORS:
High-res pictures can be downloaded from these links:
Chris Boardman MBE, Olympic gold medallist, rides 2011 RIDE24. “Sign up for RIDE24 today because every mile your ride and every penny you raise will help save and change children’s lives.” http://www.action.org.uk/sites/default/files/downloads/press/ride24_2011...
The event is open to relay teams of four as well as solo riders. Entry includes:
- Full race support
- Real time race information
- Free 24-hour hot and cold tasty, cycling friendly food
- 24-hour massage team
- Nutritional support provided by High5
- Campsite with toilets and showers
- Social area in view of track to chill out and picnic
- Excellent trackside viewing for spectators and crew
- Live event commentary
- Supporter catering and camping
For further information please contact:
Toni Slater, Communications Manager
T: 01403 327478
Follow us on Twitter at @actionmedres
Use hashtag #RIDE24
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