Stay fit, get cycling, get money

Keep your new year’s resolutions on track by cycling for charity in 2012.

RIDE 100Children’s charity Action Medical Research is looking for cyclists to sign up now for its Warwick 100 bike ride this spring.

If you’ve made a new year’s resolution to get fit then signing up and training for a challenge could help to keep you motivated and on the right track.

Participants can register now to secure their places for the event, which is supported by leading bike brand Trek and takes place on Sunday April 15. There is a choice of a 100-mile or a shorter 100km route setting out from Warwick Racecourse. The route takes in Shakespeare’s favourite county and the Forest of Arden heading out to the Cotswolds before returning back to Warwick.

Cyclists participating in the Warwick 100 will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Action Medical Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2012 and since 1952 has spent more than £100 million on medical breakthroughs to help sick and disabled children. The charity is currently supporting work around meningitis, epilepsy, cerebral palsy, premature birth, and some very rare conditions that severely affect children.

Mark Trott, UK Cycling Development Manager at Action Medical Research, said: “Having a target like a 100-mile bike ride to aim for can make it easier to stick to the promises you make at the start of a new year and ensure your good intentions don’t go to waste.

“100 miles on a bike is quite a challenge and your stamina and fitness will be tested. If it’s been a long time since you’ve done any exercise, start off with short rides and push yourself a bit further each time. By April you’ll be fit and ready to join us.”

This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics.

Places will be limited so make sure you register today.

For more information about the Warwick 100 and to register, visit the website