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NSPCC Tour of England Brings the Pro-Tour Experience to Amateur Riders in the UK

by Nick Gregory

Registration has opened for The NSPCC Tour of England - a series of multi-stage tours that offer the ultimate pro-rider experience to amateur cyclists.

Participants will be able to make the most of timed hill climbs, closed race circuit sections and unprecedented support - from team cars, to motorbike outriders, domestiques, mechanics and soigneurs. The format of the NSPCC Tour of England rides is completely new to the UK, offering a tough two stage tour for each event in the series, punctuated with circuit racing. 

Both routes take riders on a stunning journey, over iconic climbs and through Tour de France and Olympic road race territory. Riders on the two day events can also attend a spectacular Yellow Jersey Dinner with presentations and special guest speakers. With seeded groups based on training times, there's a place for everyone, from the ultra-competitive to those just aiming to complete the event, and those wanting to work as a team or use the event to raise money for the NSPCC. 

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The first in the 2014 series is the NSPCC Tour of the South East, 7th-8th June. Highlights of this route include a timed climb over the infamous Box Hill, which featured during the Olympic Road Race, and racing around Dunsfold Park circuit - more famously frequented by Top Gear's The Stig and Jeremy Clarkson. 

The NSPCC Tour of Yorkshire is 19th-20th July and highlights include sections of the 2014 Tour de France route, the Yorkshire Wolds and North Yorkshire Moors, as well as timed climbs of Boltby Bank and Hanging Grimston. Both events consist of 180 miles over two stages with climbing totalling 10,000ft. The Tour of England series is organised for the NSPCC by leading cycling events and media company Ride2Raise, and is supported by British Cycling. 

NSPCC Head of Participation Events, Gavin Spencer, said: "Following the success of Team GB's cyclists at London 2012, we've seen a huge increase in the popularity of charity cycling events which represent an exciting new fundraising stream for us. We're delighted to be able to build on this with the NSPCC Tour of England - a great opportunity to enjoy the professional peloton experience, whilst raising money to help protect children and prevent abuse. Places are limited, so sign up today to avoid disappointment!" 

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The events are tough, but riders will benefit from a comprehensive pre-event programme of training rides and coaching sessions. This will allow also participants to get to know each other in advance of the event, schedule training rides with newly made friends and enjoy the journey from sign-up to the finish line. Riders will also receive a free high-quality tour jersey, a £25 Ginger & French voucher, energy bars, gels and other products. 

Organiser Richard King, of Ride2Raise, said: "These are premium events with a completely unique format within the UK sportive scene - and customisable entry means riders can choose whether they race or ride, and whether they self-fund or fundraise. However they do it, these are tough, iconic rides requiring grit, determination and training. But if participants are up for the challenge, we'll give them the ultimate pro-rider experience." 

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Riders who commit to raising £500 for the NSPCC will pay a registration fee of just £49. Alternatively, riders can register without a minimum sponsorship commitment for £169. Tickets for the Yellow Jersey Dinner are included in the fundraising option, and are £50 for everyone else. 

Funds raised from the event will help the NSPCC to protect vulnerable children through its projects and services including ChildLine - the UK's free, confidential 24-hour helpline and online service for children and young people. 

For more information, or to register for the NSPCC Tour of England, visit www.tourofengland.co.uk.





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