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Rugby Internationals Set for Battle at Cyclothon UK 2014

by Nick Gregory

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With just 3 months to go, former Wales Rugby internationals are in training to retain the Home Nations Challenge Trophy at Cyclothon UK, the 12 hour endurance team relay road cycling race taking place at Brands Hatch motor racing circuit on Thursday 11 September 2014.

The corporate team building and charity event, created by former England Rugby prop, Victor Ubogu and his corporate hospitality company VU LTD, is now in its fourth year, and the competition had become so intense between the rugby internationals riding that the Home Nations Challenge Trophy was created last year. 


Ubogu explains: "A lot of my old rugby mates have got into cycling and every year we get more and more ex-players looking to race in Cyclothon. We launched the Home Nations Trophy as I was confident that my fine squad of English Bulldogs would conquer the track. In Rory Underwood, Lee Mears, Phil de Glanville, Jon Callard, Graham Dawe, and Jon Sleightholme we had some fit and strong cyclists."

"However," Ubogu continued, "I underestimated the determination of Team Jocks, led by Craig Chalmers and Scott Hastings, and the sheer madness of Colin Charvis, Alix Popham and the Welsh boys who stayed in the bar until 5am, got on their bikes two hours later and STILL beat our entire team! Team Bulldogs have retreated and retrained and we are ready this year to claim the cup!" 

Alix Popham, the towering No 8 who captains Team Dragon, retorted: "I think Team Bulldogs didn't expect too much from us last year, but I know a lot of our boys are used to training on hills, so when it comes down to it we dug deep, rode through the pain, and the name on the winner's trophy says it all! We look forward to keeping hold of the trophy, but this year on a full night's sleep!" 



With hundreds of international caps between the Rugby Rider teams, supporters will be keen to see who still has the stamina and cycling power to lead their nation to victory. Organisers of Cyclothon are encouraging local businesses and schools to come to the event to cheer on the sporting celebrities and charities that are taking part. Entry is free for all spectators, and the event will run for 12 hours from 7:30am until the award presentation ceremony on the podium at 7:30pm. 

Cyclothon UK is unique in that it gives charity riders and keen cyclists alike a chance to ride up close and personal with sporting celebrities and challenge themselves and each other in the increasingly popular sport of road cycling. The event has also attracted a number of sporting charities and helped raise over £150,000 for various causes so far. 

The RFU Injured Player's Foundation have entered teams every year as they work to raise funds for catastrophically injured rugby payers. Also joining this year from the rugby community will be teams from the Matt Hampson Foundation and J9 Foundation - South African legend, Joost van der Westhuizen's charity. In addition, many of the corporate teams who take part choose to nominate a charity for whom to ride as it offers an extra boost after several gruelling hours in the saddle. 



Offering a "luxury event" experience at Brands Hatch, Cyclothon UK is quickly becoming one of the premier amateur events on the cycling calendar.  Pit garages, hot showers, changing rooms, breakfast, lunch and dinner, free massage, mechanical support and the chance for all riders to mix with sporting stars separates Cyclothon from the average sportive. Traditionally reserved for super bikes, F1 and touring cars, Brands Hatch also provides an outstanding venue for non-motorised racing, with its well-maintained surface and undulating course. 

Registration to compete in this exciting event closes on Friday August 29th, so now is the time to book your place to ride amongst sporting heroes. Those wishing to enter a team or solo rider can book by calling VU Ltd on 0871 871 5300. 

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