Simonstrong campaign announces 2012 fundraising events

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The Simonstrong campaign - launched last summer after Paralympian Simon Richardson MBE was hit by a van during a training ride - has announced a series of fundraising events for 2012.

Starting with a 25-mile club time trial in Birmingham (on the K28 course) at the start of June, the events are currently scheduled to run the Calshot 24-hour Trackathon in November.

Whether participants ride for fun or to test themselves against the watch, all money raised from the events will go to the Simonstrong fund, as well as the Hampshire and Lancashire Air Ambulance.

For information and how to enter email Graham Hewson.

Simonstrong 2012 events

Sunday June 3 - The Team Midland Simonstrong Rough Riders 25

Friday June 15 - Newport Simonstrong Mini Trackathon (10 hours)

July/August (Date TBC) - Edinburgh Meadowbank Stadium Simonstrong

Friday September 21 - Calshot Velodrome Simonstrong Training Session

Sunday September 30 - Team Midland Simonstrong Last Chance Ten

October (Date TBC) - Manchester Velodrome Simonstrong Training Session

November 2/3 - The Simonstrong 24-hour Trackathon, Calshot

Despite the removal of its two strada grigio sections from the route, organisers of the South Carrick David Bell Memorial (June 10) insist this year's course is 'no reserve'.

Riders were scheduled to tackle the unsealed Carrick Forest Drive twice, but ongoing maintenance work has rendered that impassable.

However, the National A event will now feature four laps of the "Ayrshire Alps' - the Nic O Balloch, Glenalla, the Screws and Byne hills. In total, the race takes in over 2,000m of climbing.

Rapha-Condor-Sharp and are among the teams signed up to compete thus far.

The official posters for the race have been unveiled too, after pupils in local schools were given the opportunity to enter a competition. Over 80 entries were submitted, with Megan Crowhurst and William Ratchford winning the primary school category. David Leng took the prize in the secondary school equivalent.

Specialized have signed a three-year deal to become the official neutral service provider for the Tour of Britain.

The California-based company has been involved in the race since it returned to the calendar in 2004, most notably winning two stages through Mark Cavendish in 2011.

PR & Sports Marketing Manager at Specialized James Booth said of the deal: "The idea of becoming more involved in this event in the Olympic year and especially with the grand finale of the race finishing in Surrey was one than Specialized couldn't refuse."

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Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.