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Children’s charity seeks riders for North Wessex Downs cycle challenge

A charity cycling challenge in the North Wessex Downs is calling for riders to sign up now.

Cycling challenge, RIDE Wessex Downs, is taking place in this area, designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in aid of children’s charity, Action Medical Research.

Cyclists setting off from the start line
Cyclists setting off from the start line

The event will commence on Sunday, April 14 with five routes to choose from — ranging from 34 to 100 miles.

Head of events at Action Medical Research (AMR), Felicity Louden, said: “We are excited to be back in the North Wessex Downs for our first sportive in the season.

“In only in its third year, RIDE Wessex Downs is going from strength to strength, and we hope that cyclists will join us for what promises to be another great day in the saddle and help drive forward vital medical research for babies and children at the same time.”

Cyclists mid-way through their charity challenge
Cyclists mid-way through their charity challenge

The routes, both on road and off-road, will set out from Pangbourne College and feature challenging hills and breathtaking views.

Cyclists participating in RIDE Wessex Downs will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children, including epilepsy, prematurity, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare conditions.

Entry costs between £36.50 and £48.50, which includes chip timing, food and water stations, marshals, mechanics and medals.

Cyclists crossing the finish line
Cyclists crossing the finish line

This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE series of one-day bike rides, which take place in locations across the UK.

Visit www.action.org.uk/wessexdowns for more information and to register.

AMR is a UK-wide charity which has been funding medical breakthroughs into tackling diseases affecting children since 1952.

It helped to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

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