Downing brothers' fund-raising evening returns

Adam Blythe, Dean Downing, Russell Downing and Ben Swift, Downings' Out of the Saddle charity night 2009

Cycling brothers Dean and Russell Downing will once again be hosting "Out of the Saddle - An Evening with the Downing Brothers" on Saturday November 6 at Sitwell Park Golf Club near Rotherham.

Last year's inaugural event saw the brothers joined by cycling legends Malcolm Elliott, Chris Walker, Ben Swift and Adam Blythe. With family and many friends from the cycling community attending, the night was heartily enjoyed by all who attended.

Looking to build on that success, the night will once again feature a buffet, auction, disco and guest speeches and interviews all compared by Eurosport's cycling commentator David Harmon.

Russell has enjoyed a fantastic debut year at ProTour level, winning three races with Team Sky. Older brother Dean has also had a successful 2010, winning races with Rapha Condor Sharp on the British Criterium scene.

This year the brothers have decided to support local charity, the Danny Porter Foundation, after hearing about the 'From Surgeon to Surgery' ride, which saw a team of 22 beginners and enthusiasts cycle from Glasgow to Sheffield in five days earlier in the year.

David Harmon, Russell Downing and Geoff Thomas, Downings

Russell Downing (centre) with David Harmon (left) and Geoff Thomas (right) at last year's event

"We liked the idea of teaming up with a local charity, and the Danny Porter Foundation was the perfect fit," Dean Downing commented. "We're all looking forward to a great night and raising plenty of money for the cause."

Danny Porter of the Foundation added: "Having two such great Yorkshire sportsmen supporting us with this event is fantastic and will help us continue to raise funds for cancer and neurological services in our area. I'm looking forward to joining Russell and Dean at the evening - as long as I don't have to race them there!"

Tickets for the event are limited and will be available from early October. For more information and ticket details, please visit

Related links

Our of the Saddle 2009: Photo gallery

Downings' charity fundraiser hailed a success

Dean Downing: Rider Profile

Russell Downing: Rider Profile

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