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Threshold Sports Unveil Details for 2016 London Revolution and Ride Across Britain

by Nick Gregory

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Event organisers, Threshold Sports have recently unveiled details for their two flagship cycling events, the London Revolution and Ride Across Britain. 

The newly rebranded Dulux Trade London Revolution is the best way to see one of the most exciting cities in the world on two wheels with friends. The two-day sportive takes place on 14 & 15 May 2016 and is open for entry. 

London Revolution takes cyclists on a tour of the capital's historic, natural, industrial, royal, sporting and architectural landmarks, stitching them together with beautiful stretches of quiet riding in between. 

Participants will ride past skyscrapers and Viking battle grounds, Eric Clapton's birthplace and the Olympic cycling road race course. The route is challenging but within range of the committed cyclist willing to follow the training plans provided. 

This year cyclists will set off clockwise south from Lee Valley Athletics Centre, through Central London early on Saturday morning. Once clear of the City, they will head out into the stunning climbs and descents of the North Downs, before heading west towards Windsor Great Park and basecamp at Ascot Racecourse. 

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Here they can enjoy chill-out areas, a fantastic dinner, live band and bars. After a good night's rest and hearty breakfast, riders will get back in the saddle for a shorter Sunday route back to the start via the Chiltern Hills and ancient Epping Forrest.  

Julian Mack, Founder of Threshold Sports, said: "The London Revolution is designed for the serious rider through to the courageous novice. It takes the best elements of the world's top one-day cycling events such as flawless timing, signage, pit stops, safety and an exceptional route, and makes this a two day event that unites people." 

"From mechanical to medical support out on the road, we do everything we can - from training plans to medals - to make sure that everyone reaches the finish line having had a fantastic weekend," Mack concluded. 

Ride Across Britain, sponsored by financial services firm Deloitte, is the UK's most iconic Lands End to John O'Groats event. The 2016 edition is now open for entries and will take place from 10 - 18 September.  

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This year more than 800 cyclists rode an average of 108 miles a day for nine days through some of the country's most beautiful landscapes from barren moorlands and majestic highlands to lush green valleys, winding back lanes and stunning coastal roads. 

This year riders came from Kenya, Botswana, Nigeria, Japan, Australia, America, Canada and Europe. 93% of riders rate the Ride Across Britain as one of the best experiences of their life.  

There were Olympic and Paralympic gold medallists - Nicole Cooke, Jody Cundy and David Clarke - who rode alongside the chairman of the British Paralympic Association (BPA) Tim Reddish OBE. 

Most of the field, though, was made up of people with a range of cycling fitness and abilities and lots of different reasons for taking part - a personal challenge, in defiance of terminal illness, to lose weight.   

Participants are given training programmes and advice and can take part in exclusive training days. The route is fully signed, so that even though it takes in a lot of back routes, it's quite hard for anyone to get lost. 

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Riders stay overnight in base camps where they are given a delicious supper and hearty breakfast and everyone has their own tent and mattress. There is medical and mechanical support as well as massage therapists and physiotherapists. Two feed stops every day offer food, drinks and loos and a welcome break, and on particularly hard days there are two extra stops. 

Chaperones ensure everyone is safe and sound, and although the ride is not a race, it is timed and tracked so that spectators and supporters can keep track of participants' progress. 

The Deloitte Ride Across Britain is one of the UK's top cycling fundraisers. Since it launched in 2010, it has raised more than £1.5 million for the British Paralympic Association and matched this for other charities, making a total in excess of £3 million. 

Mark Douglas, a regular cyclist who completed the 2014 event, said: "In the space of nine months, the Deloitte Ride Across Britain has changed the life of this 45 year old man. It helped me achieve what countless years of New Year resolutions failed to. I don't think it's overstating things to say that it has reinvigorated me for the second half of my life." 

For more information visit www.london-revolution.com and www.rideacrossbritain.com.





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