Solo rider signs up for children’s charity’s 24-hour cycle challenge
RIDE24 is proud to welcome onboard its first and only solo female rider from Birdham – an aspiring cycling coach, who is taking part in the bike ride at Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit on 23 and 24 June.
Kim Piper, 43, works in A&E as a clerical manager and has done a fair amount of cycling for Action Medical Research before. She says, “I cycled from John O’Groats to Lands End for Action last year. Though I have never cycled for 24 hours before, it will be interesting to see how I cope. All said and done Action is a brilliant charity with a heart-warming cause and I have always been delighted to do my bit for them.”
Organised by children’s charity Action Medical Research and operated under British Cycling technical regulations, the event is the UK’s only 24-hour cycling endurance track event. It is open to solo riders as well as relay teams of four.
The coveted RIDE24 trophy will be won by the rider who travels furthest in 24 hours. The winner will also secure a free place in the French 24 Heures Velo event at the legendary Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans.
Running alongside the team event, RIDE24 is also an official qualifying event for Race Across America (RAAM) solo riders, who need to prove they are good enough to take on the world-famous ultra-endurance cycling race.
Event manager Sarah Stevenson, from Action Medical Research, says: “I think this event appeals to riders who want a real endurance challenge. To race for 24 hours in a team is hard enough, but to come along and race it solo is just amazing and heroic! I take my hat off to Kim for taking on this mammoth challenge and for flying the flag for the girls. Kim will be joining 19 other male solo riders as well as 50 racing teams - so have you got what it takes to sign up?”
Cyclists participating in RIDE24 raise money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and premature birth, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
There are various entry options. Fundraising solo rider entry is £60 with a minimum sponsorship of £325 and teams of four can enter for £240 with a minimum sponsorship of £1,300.
To find out more about the ride and sign up visit the website www.action.org.uk/ride24.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Hi-res images can be downloaded using the links below:
Kim Piper on her bike
For more information about RIDE24 please contact:
Sarah Stevenson, Community Fundraising Manager
T 01273 735788
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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.