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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-15-07

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Nightriders Cycle 'Cross The Mersey For Charity'

FOLLOWING the success of the Liverpool's 1st Nightrider challenge back in 2016, the charity night ride is back by popular demand over 15 July to 16 July 2017. Over 350 intrepid cyclists are gearing up to pedal the moonlit streets of Liverpool and the Wirral on Saturday night. Together they will raise ₤140,000 for 35 good causes. Many local charities will benefit including:- Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Claire House Children's Hospice and The Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, as well as national organisations like Alzheimer's Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, Motor Neurone Disease Association and The National Autistic Society.

New for 2017 is a 50km route in addition to the original 100km distance, offering something to suit all cycling abilities. There are 2, 50km loops through the City and the Wirral loop along with the Liverpool loop. The former goes through the Queensway Tunnel (closed to other traffic for the event) to Wirral Peninsula. Highlights include:- the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, West  Kirby and Port Sunlight, plus there are spectacular views back over the City Centre. The Liverpool loop includes many of the City's well known landmarks and legendary music venues:- Albert Dock, Echo Arena, Cavern Club, Empire Theatre, Penny Lane, Aintree, Anfield Stadium and Goodison Park. The hub of the action is the centrally located start / break / finish point, at Pier Head on Liverpool's iconic waterfront. There will be an extra buzz before the ride as the Pier Head Village summer festival will be in full swing for Nightriders to enjoy.

All roads remain open during Nightrider and the route has been designed to avoid heavy traffic, where possible. The Liverpool loop, which passes through the City Centre, is therefore introduced later on in the night when the streets are quieter. The 50km and 100km routes are clearly sign posted so that Nightriders can cycle at their own pace. All sections of the ride are street lit, except for two short stretches on the Wirral loop. There are regular break stops en-route plus medical support and mechanical back up provided throughout the night. Everyone receives a well earned breakfast and medal at the finish line.

Philanthropic adventurer, Bernie Hollywood OBE, had to pull out of last year's ride due to bike issues, but is determined to cross the finish line this year. He said:- "Nightrider is a fantastic way to explore the City and I'm looking forward to riding through the moonlit streets of Liverpool again. There are 10 of us supporting the Whitechapel Centre and together we'll raise thousands for this great cause."

The event is organised by leading charity tour operator Classic Challenge. Event partners include Cycle Republic, Virgin Money Giving and CYCL. Every Nightrider will receive a free set of CYCL WingLights (LED handlebar indicators for safer cycling at night) as featured on BBC's Dragon's Den.

For more information visit:- NightRider.Org.UK.  To register interest for Nightrider 2018 email:- nightrider@classicchallenge.co.uk.

 

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