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Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton joins the Big Red Ride

Wednesday 10 June 2009

For further information please contact
Laura Hinks
telephone: 0044(0)207 877 7463 / 07921 493 560 (07659 145 095 out of hours), email:


Olympic champion cyclist Victoria Pendleton is getting on her bike for the British Red Cross and you can join her.

Brand new for 2009 the British Red Cross Big Red Ride from London to Eastbourne will take place on Sunday 26 July.

Covering 75 miles the ride will start from Blackheath Common in south-east London, heading south through the East Sussex countryside and finishes up at Eastbourne’s magnificent seafront.

Victoria, who won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, said:  ''Join me on the British Red Cross Big Red Ride and experience cycling through beautiful English countryside and along stunning coastline. Raising money to support people in crisis in the UK and overseas - get on your bike and make a difference.”

Whether you’re new to cycling or experienced in the saddle, this achievable challenge offers an exciting new route in beautiful British countryside.

All riders will receive:

  • equipment advice
  • Red Cross t-shirt
  • post-event reception
  • training and nutritional advice
  • a comprehensive fundraising pack
  • contact with a Red Cross fundraiser for support and advice

Register online today to be part of the action. Each rider is required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £25 to secure their place and asked to raise money for the British Red Cross.

Notes to editors
An image of Victoria is available, please contact Laura Hinks at or call 0207 877 7463 / 07921 493560

The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.