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Charity unveils auction items ahead of Champions of CycleSport Dinner

CHILDREN’S charity Action Medical Research has revealed some of the exclusive items guests can bid on in its live auction at the star-studded upcoming Champions of CycleSport Dinner.

Lots including the jersey worn by Ethan Hayter during one of his Tour of Britain stage wins this year, to be signed by Ethan on the night, and the special edition skin suit Dan Martin wore during his stage-winning Giro performance are up for grabs.

Guests can also snap up a bespoke Titanio Disco frame hand-built by Passoni in Milan or vie for the chance to join Sean Kelly and Rochelle Gilmore for a one-day ride-out in Majorca.

Other items include:

  • A meet-and-greet with Katie Archibald at the UCI Track Champions League in London next month – as well as the signed inaugural leader’s jersey
  • An hour of wind tunnel testing, courtesy of Le Col, with expert feedback and tuition from former professional cyclist and Le Col founder Yanto Barker as well as McLaren aerodynamics expert Matthew Williams
  • AURUM’s Magma frameset, the ultimate racing road bike – the best performer on any road terrain
  • The chance for your company brand to be displayed on Team Elijah’s Star boat as it competes in the world’s toughest rowing event, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, in December 2021.

Members of the public can also bid in a separate online silent auction at www.championsofcyclesportauction.com, with more than 70 lots ranging from a ZBike indoor trainer and a Frog 40 Tour de France bike signed by Dan Martin to a three-day Haute Route event and a Paddington Bear, the charity’s official mascot, signed by Sean Kelly.

The Champions of CycleSport Dinner, which takes place on Thursday, 18 November, raises vital funds to help save and change the lives of babies and children.

Guests at this year’s event, sponsored by Garmin and supported by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO and Rouleur, include gold medal winners Jody Cundy OBE and Katie Archibald MBE. They’ll be joined by Israel Start-Up Nation’s Alex Dowsett, newly retired Dan Martin, Irish professional cyclist Nico Roche, and Connor Swift of UCI ProTeam Arkéa–Samsic, along with stalwart supporters Dani Rowe MBE, off-road legend Gee Atherton, Sean Kelly and Yanto Barker.

Neah Evans and Pfeiffer Georgi will be joined by brothers Ethan and Leo Hayter, four-time national champion turned commentator Hannah Walker and Commonwealth Games Silver medalist Jon Mould. Host Matt Stephens returns to lead the proceedings at the 11th annual Champions of CycleSport dinner with the help of Action ambassador Matt Barbet.

Event ambassador Dani Rowe MBE said:

“We’re really looking forward to celebrating the best of cycling once again this year, with the sport’s top riders showing their support for the fight for little lives.

“Action Medical Research is a very worthwhile charity that is doing great work to help fund vital medical research. Their calendar of sportives and events was greatly missed last year so this is the perfect opportunity for us all to celebrate the very best of cycling after a challenging year.”

Based in Horsham, West Sussex, Action Medical Research is a UK-wide children’s charity that funds desperately needed research to tackle the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children. It has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952 including helping to introduce the first polio vaccines in the UK, developing the use of ultrasound in pregnancy and testing the rubella vaccine.

It is now driving forward children’s research in the fight against COVID-19 as well as funding research into conditions including asthma, prematurity, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy, brain cancer and some rare and distressing conditions.

For full details of the Champions of CycleSport Dinner, please visit: www.action.org.uk/champions.

To bid on the items in the online silent auction, please visit: www.championsofcyclesportauction.com.

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