Some of cycling’s biggest names turned out for the second annual Champions of CycleSport Dinner last week, raising over £100,000 for the children’s charity Action Medical Research.
Mark Cavendish, Chris Boardman and Graham Obree were just three of the famous faces at the event, held at London’s Porchester Hall. Others included British Cycling’s Performance Director Dave Brailsford, and current pros Geraint Thomas and David Millar.
The evening not only provided guests a chance to mingle with their past and present cycling heroes but to bid for prizes at auction. Lots included a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy a day’s training ride with Chris Boardman, with Cavendish and Thomas, plus guests, coming out on top.
Thomas, Cycling Ambassador for the charity, said: “I really enjoyed the first Champions of CycleSport Dinner but this year was even better. It was a great night and I’m so proud that such a fantastic amount of money was raised. It was great to see so many people from the world of cycling joining together to celebrate the sport and support such a worthy cause. I’m now looking forward to my ride with Chris Boardman, and of course to next year’s CycleSport event.”
The charity has a close association with cycling, with the RIDE100 one-day rides, the RIDE24 relay race and a multi-day London to Paris event among the links. For 2012, they’ve added the Ride L’Etape in September - which will replicate stage 19 of this year’s Tour de France - as well as expanding the women-only DIVA100 series.
Mark Cavendish talks to Cyclingnews.com at the Champions of CycleSport Dinner