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Stars of cycling gather for Champions of CycleSport Dinner in aid of Action Medical Research

25 October 2011

Some of the biggest names on two wheels will attend the Champions of CycleSport Dinner in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research on Thursday 10 November. Professional cyclists including Olympic gold medallists Geraint Thomas MBE and Chris Boardman MBE are set to join 400 guests at London’s Porchester Hall and there are a few tables remaining if you’d like to be among them.

The gala dinner will be hosted by newsreader and TV presenter Dermot Murnaghan, himself a keen cyclist who this year rode the charity’s UK End 2 End event, and promises an evening of fine food and great entertainment with the stars from the world of cycling.

Other guests expected at the event include: Dave Brailsford, manager of Team Sky, British Cycling's Performance Director and the man behind the GB cycling team's phenomenal Olympic success in 2008; Ben Swift, part of Sky’s 2011 Tour de France team; upcoming female rider Dani King, who was part of the winning Women’s Team Pursuit team at this year’s World Track Championships; and former pro rider John Herety, now manager of the Rapha Condor Sharp cycling team.

As well as the opportunity to mix with some of cycling’s greatest riders, guests will also have the chance to bid for some top prizes in the auction. Lots include a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a day’s training ride with the legendary Chris Boardman.

Olympic cyclist Geraint Thomas, Cycling Ambassador for the charity, says: “We take it for granted that most kids will learn to ride a bike one day, however sadly that is not the case. Action Medical Research funds vital research to help children affected by disease and disabilities, who struggle with everyday life. I attended last year’s Champions of CycleSport Dinner and saw for myself just how important their fundraising is. I am really proud to be able to help in this way and am looking forward to another great evening.”

Action Medical Research is a charity that has a passion for cycling and is celebrating the end of another successful season of events. The charity’s cycling portfolio includes the RIDE100 series of one-day regional UK rides, the highly competitive RIDE24 relay race and the biggest London to Paris ride in the charity sector. This will be the second Champions of CycleSport dinner, with last year’s event raising more than £64,000.

The charity’s cycling programme for 2012 includes new event Ride L’Etape, which replicates stage 19 from this year’s Tour de France, and the expansion of its DIVA100 series of women-only rides.

Money raised by the charity helps 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.

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Image show cyclists Chris Boardman MBE, David Millar and Geraint Thomas MBE at the 2010 Champions of CycleSport Dinner.

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Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

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.

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