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Pedal Power for Children's Charity

An annual family festival and cycling event, which gives hundreds of cyclists the chance to ride across the Severn Bridge and around the Castle Combe Motor Racing Circuit, has chosen Action for Children as its charity partner for 2013.

The Severn Bridge Sportive will see cyclists from across the UK descend upon Wiltshire to take part in the 100km or 100mile cycling routes, which travel across the border into Wales and back. Coinciding with the Castle Combe Cycling Festival, the event will also offer the unique opportunity for families to take part in a sponsored cycle around the 3k Castle Combe Circuit, which has been graced by the likes of racing legends, AyrtonSenna, Nigel Mansell and David Coulthard.

The festival, which will take place on Sunday 2nd June 2013, is one of the only family-orientated cycling festivals in the UK. It has a range of activities for all ages and abilities, an exhibition that includes a vintage bike display, arena entertainment and have-a-go sessions. It will also host the first ever Ready Teddy Go – a sponsored cycle ride for speedy teddies and their young owners.

Andy Cook, of Andy Cook Cycling and Event Director, said: “The main aim of this event is to bring the family together to have a great day and enjoy cycling. We’re creating an events schedule that will suit all ages, from 2 to 102, so that the whole family can take part – and cheer each other on.”

The event will also include cycling entertainment from the likes of Savage Skills, the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike display team, and Matti Hemmings, the urban freestyle BMX flatland display artist.

Mr Cook continued: “We’re making sure that this year’s event will be bigger and better than ever, and we’re very excited to be holding one of the hottest cycling events of 2013.”

It is hoped the event will raise £5,000 for children’s charity, Action for Children, which aims to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable and neglected children, young people and their families.

The charity runs a range of services across the South West and Wales. These include adoption and fostering services, practical home based support for struggling families, and a wide range of services supporting children and young people who are disabled, have learning disabilities or who need residential short breaks.

Shelagh Hillier, fundraiser at Action for Children, said: “We’re thrilled to be a part of the Castle Combe Cycling Festival and Severn Bridge Sportive this year. It’s such a wonderful occasion that brings families together and the sheer range of exciting events means that everyone can take part – no matter what your ability.”

Cyclists that want to take part in either the 100km or 100 mile Severn Bridge Sportive event can arrange to be sponsored to raise money for the charity, as well as families that would like to take part in the Circuit Challenge, which involves making as many laps of the circuit as possible. To find out more about entering any of the events, or to help raise money for Action for Children, please contact Shelagh on Shelagh.Hillier@actionforchildren.org.uk.

Further details on the Castle Combe Cycling Festival and Severn Bridge Sportive can be found throughout this website or by telephoning 01249 782417. Trade and exhibition space is available for this event. If you are interested in exhibiting then please contact Castle Combe Circuit on 01249 782417.