Going big on bikes | Action Medical Research

Touching Lives - November 2006

Going big on bikes

Our longest-established cycling event, Action100, deserves a special mention, as it celebrated its silver jubilee this year, marking 25 years of successful cycling for the Charity. In 2007 bike events will be even bigger and better. We hope to see many familiar Touching Lives readers — and some new ones too! — back in the saddle, taking action for medical research.

Bike rides getting bigger With an estimated 2.4 million bikes purchased every year, and a government target of trebling the number of cyclists by 2010, the UK is going big on bikes! To give all these cyclists have something to pedal for, we are increasing the number and size of cycling events that will benefit Action Medical Research in 2007. In fact, we hope to raise £1 million from sponsored cycling events by the end of 2008!

Why cycle? Healthier futures can be achieved through medical research, but leading a healthy lifestyle is also essential. Cycling is a great way to keep your heart healthy, improve your fitness, manage your weight, increase your strength and co-ordination, and is even scientifically proven to put you in a good mood!

What’s going on in 2007? Next year will see some exciting additions to our cycling events portfolio. Our flagship cycle challenge, the London to Paris Bike Ride, is getting even bigger. We have added a third route, and hope to take over 450 cyclists along the 300 miles from London to Paris.The 2007 ride will end, in what has become traditional style, with a spectacular champagne finish for all 450 riders under the Eiffel Tower.

Our UK-based cycling events are also increasing in number and size, with the development of a series of 100-mile road rides. Action100 started the 100-mile trend with its challenging Bristol and Bath to London route, followed by the Castle100 Bike Ride — a scenic, circular ride in Kent which took place for the first time this year. 2007 will see a new 100-mile route added to the Forest of Arden Bike Ride in Warwickshire, and a brand new Sunrise100 Bike Ride in Suffolk will be added to the list.

If you are already a keen cyclist or fancy a new challenge for 2007, check out the events listing below, and keep an eye on the website — www.action.org.uk/challenge — for up-to-date information.There are shorter versions of the UK-based routes to suit all abilities — so no excuses! TL

CYCLING EVENTS 2007

Forest of Arden100 Warwickshire 29th April 2007 Put yourself to the test and choose between 30, 60 or 100-mile routes, admiring the Warwickshire landscape as you go. A hearty BBQ awaits all riders at the finish.

Sunrise100 — Suffolk 13th May 2007 Test out the BRAND NEW 100-mile round trip, which incorporates Suffolk’s spectacular coastline.

Castle100 — Kent 20th May 2007 Take in ten of Sussex and Kent’s historic castles on a 100-mile round trip.

Lark Rise — Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire May 2007 Choose between a 25 and 40-mile route and wave goodbye to the traffic as you go OFF ROAD and lap up the beautiful countryside.

London to Paris 25th — 29th July 2007 Choose from three routes, enjoy a champagne finish at the Eiffel Tower and watch the finish of the Tour de France!

Action100 — Bristol and Bath 26th August 2007 It’s a Century Day! Cycle 100 miles from Bristol or Bath to London on Action Medical Research’s biggest ride.

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