Champions of CycleSport Dinner launch | Action Medical Research

Saddle up for THE star-studded cycling event of the year!

30 April 2015

Action Medical Research will be taking things up a gear when it hosts the cycling event of the year to celebrate all things cycling and mark another successful season of high-profile rides.

The children’s charity will once again raise vital funds while celebrating its passion for cycling at the star-studded sixth annual Champions of CycleSport Dinner on Thursday 26 November.

A host of sporting stars are set to pack out Battersea Evolution in London for the glittering black tie event, with Chris Boardman MBE leading the pack. Guests can rub shoulders with some of the world's greatest cyclists while supporting sick and vulnerable babies and children. Attendees include Sir Dave Brailsford CBE, Rochelle Gilmore, Rob Hales and Jody Cundy MBE, as well as cycling’s much-loved TV pundit Ned Boulting, who will host some of the on-stage activities.

The 2015 Champions of CycleSport Dinner is backed by Garmin and returning sponsors BDO LLP, the accountancy and business advisory firm. The celebrity-packed evening will include a three-course dinner, live music, action demonstrations and an auction with exclusive prizes. High-profile speakers will play a major part and the event’s highlight is a series of tell-all interviews with our cycling champions, conducted by Sky TV's Dermot Murnaghan.

Chris Boardman says: "I'm so proud to be an ambassador for Action and to support this extremely worthwhile cause. I know first-hand why the research Action Medical Research funds is so essential after my son George was born six weeks prematurely.

"I urge cycling fans to join us for the Champions of CycleSport Dinner. Not only are you guaranteed a fantastic night out, you're also supporting Action's efforts to help many thousands of families dealing with the trauma of a baby born too early, striving to support a child affected by disability, or facing the challenge of caring for a child with a rare disease for which there is no cure."

This year, Garmin, the global leader in satellite navigation, is sponsoring the ultimate cycling night out.

Dawn Ramsay, General Manager of Garmin UK, says: “We are delighted to be partnering with Action Medical Research supporting the Champions of CycleSport event. As a brand pioneering technology in cycling, the event is a great fit for us and we are excited to support such a fantastic cause.”

Chris Grove, partner at BDO LLP, also title sponsors for the event, says: “It’s an honour to once again be offering our support to Action Medical Research.  The work they do is invaluable and the Champions Dinner is a great opportunity for businesses to come together with the local community and cycling enthusiasts in an effort to raise awareness and vital funds. Last year’s event was a rousing success, and this year’s looks set to bigger than ever, so we’re thrilled to be involved.”

Rouleur is the media partner for the event for the fourth year: the partnership means some fabulous offers and prizes will be available for guests.

Last year’s event freewheeled to success with 600 guests raising an incredible £200,000 to help sick babies and children. Unmissable auction prizes included a Team Sky kids’ bike designed by FROG and signed by Team Sky, a ride with Team Sky at their Majorca training camp, a Dogma Pinarello Team Sky bike signed by Sir Dave Brailsford CBE and a Tour of California jersey signed by Bradley Wiggins. Artist Paul Oz created an amazing portrait of Sir Dave Brailsford, which raised £4,000, and Smeg UK donated a fridge incorporating a one-off Richard Mitchelson design of classic cyclists, which went for £2,600.

Tables are for 10 people and are available in Bronze, Silver or Gold class - the coveted Gold standard has the best view in the house and your very own cycling legend guaranteed at your table. To get your hands on the cycling industry's hottest tickets, visit

For more information on the Champions of CycleSport Dinner, visit


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Hi-res images from last year’s event can be downloaded using these links:

Dermot Murnaghan interviewing Chris Boardman MBE on stage at the 2014 Champions of CycleSport Dinner – please credit Phil O'Connor:

Stephen Roche and Sir Dave Brailsford CBE at the 2014 Champions of CycleSport Dinner – please credit Phil O'Connor:

The Team Sky car put in an appearance at this star-studded event held at the Battersea Evolution in November 2014 – please credit Phil O'Connor:

The star-studded event – please credit Phil O'Connor:

Some of the items included in the auction – please credit Phil O'Connor:

To get a flavour of the night, take a look at this video from last year’s event:



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.

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BDO LLP operates in 21 offices across the UK, employing 3,500 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP is the UK member firm of the BDO International network with revenues approaching £400m.

BDO International:

The BDO International network provides business advisory services in 151 countries, with more than 60,000 people working out of 1,350 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $7.02bn. 

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Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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