A host of cycling stars past and present attended the 2012 Champions of CycleSport fund-raising dinner at the Hurlingham Club in London on Thursday evening.

Chris Boardman, Dave Brailsford, Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, Joanna Rowsell, Rochelle Gilmore, Jody Cundy and Rob Hayles joined the 650 guests for an evening of star interviews and an auction of rare cycling memorabilia.

A total of £180,000 was raised for Action Medical Research during the event. The money will go towards helping sick children.

“It was overwhelming to see such an array of celebrities and cycling industry leaders, as well as many good friends who jump into the saddle for Action!” said AMR’s Head of Fundraising David Graham.

“Cycling contributes significant income towards our important work saving and changing children’s lives and to be associated with such passionate individuals from all walks of life inspires us on a daily basis.”

Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, AMR’s cycling ambassador, added: “What a great year for cycling! The Champions of CycleSport Dinner was a true celebration of this.

“I’m really excited to be Cycling Ambassador for such a worthwhile charity and one that is so passionate about cycling. Sign up to one of Action Medical Research’s events today and help carry the London 2012 cycling legacy forward further.”

Cycling retailer Wiggle supported this year’s dinner.

The Hurlingham Club plays host to the evening

Chris Boardman and Dave Brailsford have a ‘cuddle’

Left to right: Adam Ryan (Wiggle Marketing), Rochelle Gilmore, Joanna Rowsell, Humphrey Cobbold (Wiggle CEO)

Sky’s Dermot Murnaghan interviews Chris Boardman (left)

Dave Brailsford (right) gets the interview treatment from Dermot Murnaghan

  • Phil Waters

    Sadly ‘Buying a bike’ will not do anything to help the very poorly babies and children Action Medical Research is helping by funding vital research by the very best medical brains in the United Kingdom.

    Issues such as why 28 babies die each week just because they are born prematurely are greatly helped because of the money raised at events such as the Champions of Cyclesport dinner, and by those people who proved yet again that they are champions both on and off the bike by giving of their time and money to support such a worthwhile cause.

    Might I suggest that you could do your bit to help by signing up for one of the Action 100 series, there is bound to be one near you, we would love to see you there.

    Phil Waters
    Action Medical Research

  • stuart stanton

    sounds like a lot more money could be ‘raised’ if the expenses of events such as this were donated straight down……….all this poncing about in party frocks and la-di-da suits leaves a nasty taste given the current economic climate. And now we have a whole month of it with the various ‘Awards’. Why don’t they just go and buy a bike for a child instead of making such an exhibition of themselves…….Woody Allen said it bang on…….’Awards? they’ll be giving awards for recieiving an award next’ (Annie Hall)