Putney Cyclist Takes On Tour Of South East

180 miles of cycling to raise money for the NSPCC

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Lindsey Thompson from Putney has signed up to tackle a pro-cyclist challenge the Tour of the South East – a unique 180-mile multi-stage cycling tour taking place this June – to raise vital funds for the NSPCC.

Supported by British Cycling and organised by leading cycling events company Ride2Raise, the NSPCC Tour of England offers the professional cycling experience for amateurs, with a dedicated team supporting riders all the way.

The two-day event sets off from Cyclopark in Gravesend, Kent, and travels though East and West Sussex finally reaching Guildford some 90 miles later. Route highlights include Ashdown Forest, sections of the 2012 Olympic Road Race, and timed hill climbs of both Kidds Hill in the Ashdown Forest and Box Hill in Surrey. Day two sees the reverse journey back to Gravesend.

Lindsey, 41, has signed up to take part in the Tour between 7 and 8 June. She’s calling on other people to join in and take on the challenge and raise funds for vulnerable and neglected children.

Speaking ahead of the challenge, full-time mum Lindsey said:
“This is my first NSPCC event and I’m very excited - riding for two days is pure happiness that money can't buy and this is my first ‘category four’ race. My kids (5 and 4 years old) think I'm in the Olympics.
I wanted to support the NSPCC because I'm a mum. I love children. They are our future.”

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.

Riders who commit to raising £300 for the NSPCC will pay a registration fee of just £49 and will be guaranteed a free place at the Yellow Jersey Dinner with presentations and special guest speakers. Alternatively, riders can register without a minimum sponsorship commitment for a fee of £169 per individual (£229 including the Yellow Jersey Dinner), and those who raise over £200 for the NSPCC will receive a free commemorative NSPCC Tour of England jersey.

Registration for the NSPCC Tour of the South East closes on 9 May. For more information or to register for the NSPCC Tour of England, visit www.tourofengland.co.uk.

April 25, 2014