Get on your bike to Paris

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tour-de-franceTo celebrate Bike Week, The Royal British Legion is calling for riders to sign-up for September’s Pedal to Paris ride and raise money for a great cause.

As thousands of people get geared up for cycling events across the country this week, now is a great time to get into cycling and sign-up for a real challenge that will take you all the way to the cobbled streets of Paris.

Pedal to Paris, which runs from 3rd- 7th September, has three speed groups and caters for riders of all abilities. For people who’ve just had their first taste of cycling or who have recently returned to the sport, Pedal to Paris is a great goal to work towards over the summer.

The Royal British Legion event is now in its fourteenth year and has a well-established reputation as the best organised of any of the charity rides between the two capitals. The 2009 ride will feature the same standards of service and logistical support including full rolling road closures, comprehensive technical support and sports therapist services.

lance-armstrongThe £500 entry fee includes all accommodation, meals, snacks at pit stops, souvenir kit and medal, outbound ferry crossing and eurostar return, as well as the return of all participants’ bikes from Paris to London. The Pedal to Paris ride is also the only charity ride in which cyclists arrive at the Arc de Triomphe under full police escort, for many it’s the real highlight of the event.

Dan Solley, Events Manager at The Royal British Legion said: “The ride has gone from strength to strength over the last 13 years and I’m sure that 2009 will be no exception. Events like Bike Week give the profile of cycling a great boost and Pedal to Paris gives cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to take part in a fantastic event, and raise money for an important charity.”

To sign-up for the event simply go to the Poppy Bike website www.poppybike.org to download an entry form and request a brochure. Alternatively, contact Dan Solley at dsolley@britishlegion.org.uk or on 020 3207 2270 for further information.

The Royal British Legion safeguards the welfare, interests and memory of serving and ex-Service people and their families and dependants. All funds raised by the Pedal to Paris event will be put towards this cause.

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