Edgbaston to be official charity partner for Michael Vaughan Bike Ride
Edgbaston Stadium has signed up to support former England skipper Michael Vaughan on his 462-mile, 12-day bike ride to raise funds for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and the Cricket Foundation’s Chance to Shine initiative.
Olympic double medallist and Strictly Come Dancing champion, Louis Smith, has announced that he will be joining Michael on his charity bike ride along with former England spin bowler and I’m a Celebrity winner, Phil “Tuffers” Tufnell.
Edgbaston will offer cyclists on the second stage of Michael’s bike ride complimentary tickets to the third NatWest Series ODI between England and Australia in Birmingham on 11 September.
The peloton will follow the NatWest Series, travelling to each of the ODI venues before ending in London on 17 September. Each of the four stages will include a healthy mix of cycling and a day (or days) at the cricket.
Cyclists on the first two stages – Leeds to Manchester and Manchester to Birmingham - will also enjoy the National Cycling Centre Experience in Manchester. They will have the opportunity to have a go on the Velodrome, try out the brand new BMX track and Mountain Bike trails and test speed and endurance on the Watt Bikes within the Velodrome circuit.
Michael is looking for 50 fundraisers per stage to join him and his band of cricketers, commentators, sports stars and other celebrities on this unique challenge.
Speaking while on the final leg of their Strictly Come Dancing tour, Louis said: “I’m always up for a challenge and this seems like an exciting one! When Michael mentioned it to me I jumped at the chance to be involved: not only will it be a fantastic way to travel the country, we’ll also be raising money for two really important sports charities. Sport’s played such a major role in my life and I strongly believe in its power to change young lives.”
Phil said: “I’ve taken on some crazy challenges in my time, but this one is going to be really tough. I’m looking forward to getting on the saddle and getting stuck in.”
Michael added: “It’ll be wonderful to have Louis and Phil on this charity bike ride. Louis is a true champion - whatever he puts his mind to he achieves. Tuffers is terrific entertainment and the perfect companion on tour. It’s going to be so special, particularly going to places so many famous venues and we’re very grateful to Edgbaston for coming on board as an official partner. The bike ride is an absolute must for anyone who loves cricket and cycling.”
The itinerary for the ride is:
Friday, 6 Sept: First NatWest Series One Day International, Headingley, Leeds
Saturday, 7 Sept: Leeds to Manchester (80 miles)
Sunday, 8 Sept: Second NatWest Series One Day International, Old Trafford, Manchester
Monday, 9 Sept: Cycle Challenge at the Manchester Velodrome
Tuesday, 10 Sept: Manchester to Birmingham (91 miles)
Wednesday, 11 Sept: Third NatWest Series One Day International, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Thursday, 12 Sept: Birmingham to Brecon Beacons (86 miles)
Friday, 13 Sept: Brecon Beacons to Cardiff (55 miles)
Saturday, 14 Sept: Fourth NatWest Series One Day International, Swalec Stadium, Cardiff
Sunday, 15 Sept: Cardiff to Southampton (80 miles)
Monday, 16 Sept: Fifth NatWest Series One Day International, Ageas Bowl, Southampton
Tuesday, 17 Sept: Southampton to London (70 miles)
The Michael Vaughan Bike Ride is open to cyclists of all abilities and the organisers will provide training and fundraising advice to participants.
If you are interested in registering for any of the individual stages or taking part in the whole 12 day challenge and raising funds for Laureus and Chance to Shine, please visit www.laureus.com/michaelvaughanbikeride or chancetoshine.org
For details of the England v Australia NatWest Series One Day International at Edgbaston visit www.edgbaston.com