Ride with James Toseland around Donnington Park

Motorbike racer switches to pedal power to raise charity cash

James and his Pinarello

If you’re the type of cyclist who also enjoys two-wheeled transport with a little more horsepower, you may be interested in an opportunity to ride wheel-to-wheel with Britain’s only MotoGP contender James Toseland. 


On Thursday June 19 during this year’s Day of Champions meeting at DoningtonPark, the racer will be leading a sponsored charity bike ride organised by the motorcycle insurer Bennets, in aid of the Riders for Health charity .

The 27-year-old double World Superbike Champion will cycle two laps of the track along with 52 fellow fundraisers and media representatives. James will talk the group around the circuit while riding the Pinarello Prince cycle given to him by the insurer as a 2007 World Superbike Championship-winning gift.  Interested? Each rider must be over 16 and will be asked to register interest at www.bennetts.co.uk and then submit payment of £52 for the registration fee.

The fee covers the cost of entry to the Day of Champions, an exclusive T-shirt and picture of the day. Once Riders for Health have received payment, the cyclist will be approved to take part and sent a sponsorship form to raise further funds. Those who do not secure a place within the 52 riders can still sponsor James using his justgiving.com webpage.

The Riders for Health charity trains African health workers in motorcycle riding and maintenance, enabling them to reach remote villages with the kind of regular, reliable health care the developed world takes for granted. Riders has programmes in the Gambia, Nigeria, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Kenya, and is reaching over 10 million people.

“I’m delighted to be able to combine my training for the British GP with fundraising for such a worthwhile cause,” said James. “Riders for Health is MotoGP’s official charity and the work that they do is invaluable, so my aim is to raise as much money as I can for them.”


At the time of writing there were still 24 ride places remaining.