Places available in Ribble Valley 100 cycle ride for charity

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CYCLING challenge Ribble Valley 100 takes place this summer and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now for the event on Sunday, July 1st.

There is a choice of a 100-mile or a shorter 100km route setting, both from the Roefield Sports Centre, Clitheroe. The scenic, though hilly, course heads from the Ribble Valley over into the Yorkshire Dales and takes in areas of Bowland and Gisburn Forest, Malhamdale and Ribblesdale, as well as Dentdale and Lunesdale on the longer version. Cyclists enjoy great views, including Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough Hill.

This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides. Supported by leading bike brand Trek, the rides take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, massage and mechanics.

Cyclists participating in the Ribble Valley 100 will raise money to fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and has been funding medical breakthroughs since 1952. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth and very rare conditions.

The charity is funding four research projects in Manchester, among them a study taking place at St Mary’s Hospital and at the University of Manchester. This is looking at identifying the causes of the more serious types of learning disability, especially those associated with epilepsy, lack of speech or difficulty with movements.

Places on the ride are limited so make sure you register soon. For more information about the Ribble Valley 100 and to register, visit the website: action.org.uk/ribblevalley