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It’s a 24 hour party, people!

| Blog, Cycling Plus, News, Rides | 20/12/2010 15:52pm

Children’s health charity Action Medical Research launches RIDE24, the UK’s only 24-hour cycling endurance track event, with a new venue for 2011.This year the event,  on 18 and 19 June, moves from the Top Gear test track at Dunsfold in Surrey to Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, Sussex. The new venue is the only classic motor racing circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form and will give RIDE24 racers a 2.4-mile smooth, slightly undulating, circular track, with viewing platforms at all the corners. There are some wide open stretches, with some welcome tail winds and not-so-welcome head winds along the way.

Teams of four will compete for the  RIDE24 trophy, won by the team that completes the most laps and therefore travels furthest in 24 hours. The winning team will also secure themselves a free place in the French 24 Heures Velo event at the legendary Circuit Bugatti in Le Mans.

When not in the saddle, competitors can recover in the RIDE24 rider village, which includes camping facilities, 24-hour hot and cold food and snacks, massage area, first aid and mechanical support.

Event manager Sarah Stevenson, from Action Medical Research, says: “This is the ultimate in biking challenges, with teams racing day and night around a fantastic circuit. It’s your chance to push yourself and your team mates to the limit in an exciting, well-supported and unforgettable experience, and all for a good cause. Next year’s event promises to be bigger, better and more competitive than ever so do join us.”

The 2010 event was won by the Sky Estall Express team, a team of BSkyB employees, who completed 191 laps, travelling 876.6km. Team captain Richard Broadbent said: “We were pushed every yard by some superb and very hungry competition but by dawn had built up a decent lead. Crossing the line for the final time was unforgettable – my best ever moment on two wheels. The event was slickly organised and had a fantastic atmosphere, with friendly faces both on and off the track – mostly masking a steely determination to win!”

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. Last year’s event raised more than £85,000 for the charity.

For more information about RIDE24 and to register, visit  www.action.org.uk/ride24.

There is a registration fee of £299 per team and you will also need to raise £1,250 in sponsorship as a team.

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