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Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has announced that it has a limited number of charity places available for one of the world’s leading cycling events.

The Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100, takes place on Sunday 29th July 2018. The 100 mile cycling challenge will test the skills of amateur riders on a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics.

RideLondonNow the charity is calling on cycling fanatics to push their mind and body to the extreme by taking on the punishing ride in aid of Caudwell Children.  And what’s more, unlike many charities, 100% of the money each cyclist raises will go directly to the children that Caudwell Children support.

The spectacular event, starting from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford, follows a route of closed roads through the capital before heading into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

With approximately 100,000 cyclists having applied for the 26,000 available places in the event, there were large numbers of riders left disappointed when the public ballot closed in late January 2018.

Lily Smith, Challenge Events Coordinator at Caudwell Children, says that those wishing to ride in the event should contact the charity immediately to avoid disappointment. As she explained: “It’s no surprise that this event is so popular as it gives amateur cyclists the opportunity to test themselves on an Olympic course.

“Developed by the Mayor of London in 2013, this will be the sixth edition of the event and its getting bigger and better each year!

“The best action is broadcast live on TV in the UK and internationally, and is seen by an audience of millions. It’s simply an iconic event, which is why it’s so oversubscribed.

“But for a registration fee of just £25, and a commitment to raise £500 of sponsorship, you could be triumphantly crossing the finishing line, on The Mall, on the 29st July 2018.”

Pete Johnson, from Leek, in Staffordshire, completed the ride last year and the 36-year-old says it was a fantastic experience. As he explained: “Throughout the pain and psychological strain, the thing that carries you through is the knowledge that you are doing your bit to transform the lives of disabled children.  This, combined with the exhilaration of completing such a challenge, makes this an unmissable opportunity.”

Pete, a Police Community Support Officer with Staffordshire Police, says it was also a great cycling experience. He said: “To be able to ride a closed road race, on such a famous course, was fantastic. There were thousands of people cheering the riders on, and I’m so glad that I got the chance to do it.”

Tens of thousands of spectators, from the UK and overseas, will once again line the route to watch 150 professional riders race in the Prudential RideLondon – Surrey Classic, shortly afterwards.

Lily was keen to stress that fundraising shouldn’t deter those who are keen to take part in the event. She said: “The Challenge Events Team will support riders in the build up to the race and will give pointers on how to go about fundraising. We will also supply cyclists with a Fundraising Pack to get them started.

“Riding for the charity is a vastly rewarding and our cause is so compelling that we find members of the public are happy to support our cyclists.

“Money raised for Caudwell Children will allow us to provide even more specialist equipment, treatments and therapies to disabled children across the UK.”

To receive an application form email: challenges@caudwellchildren.com

Or for more information ring Lily on 01782 600435.