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Jurassic Classic returns for 2014

18 July 2014

PCUK holding fantastic cycling fundraiser in Devon

Following on from the success of the London to Amsterdam Challenge this summer, Prostate Cancer UK – the Football League’s official charity partner – is hosting the Jurassic Classic next month in Devon.

Three City supporters rode from the Big Smoke to the Dutch capital last month to raise funds for PCUK, and now plenty of City supporters have a chance to take part in an event a little closer to home by cycling along the Jurassic Coast in aid of charity.

Last year 1,100 riders took on the event, which starts and finishes at Exmouth Rugby Club, Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth – and once again there is an option of three routes across undulating terrain.

Cyclists can choose between the 50km route, as well as 100km and 160km rides which span the picturesque Jurassic coastline in East Devon.  All three routes will include some energy-sapping climbs and speedy descents in a serious test of cycling. 

Riders on the 50km challenge will pedal through several Devon towns & villages, including Budleigh Salterton, East Budleigh, Ottery St Mary and over Woodbury Common. 

Entrants to the 100km ride will cycle through Budleigh Salterton and Otterton, before heading into Sidmouth.  Cyclists will then ride through the villages of Sidford, Sidbury, Honiton and the Otter Vale before reaching Woodbury Common, and heading back to the finish in     Exmouth. 

Cyclists taking on the 160km ride will experience the first-class views from Peak Hill, Seaton, Lyme Regis and Charmouth.  From here they will ride through stunning countryside via Axminster then across Woodbury Common before freewheeling back into Exmouth for the finish.

On average, 728 men die from prostate cancer per year in Devon, and the second annual Jurassic Classic raised almost £100,000 earlier this year, not to mention being championed as one of the must-do events in the South West.

Prostate Cancer UK’s Head of Events Andy Sallnow said: “The Jurassic Classic was a huge success this year with over 1,100 people taking on those Devon climbs.  We’re delighted to be returning to Devon and we hope even more people will join us in 2014.  Prostate cancer is set to become the most common of all cancers by 2030 so we urge people to sign up and fundraise to help us fight this disease.”

The roll-out starts at 7am with the 160km riders starting proceedings, followed by those covering 100km and the 50km distances.  Both events will be fully signed, with well-stocked food stations along the route, and a medal awarded at the end.  Timing chips will also be provided.  As well as watching their friends and loved ones, supporters can take advantage of a variety of entertainment, events and activities planned on the day.

The entry fee is £28 for the 100km and 160km events and £18 for the shorter route for those that are happy to fundraise £50 or more.  Sportive riders will pay £45 for the longer two distances and £30 for the shorter one.

For more information go to www.prostatecanceruk.org/cycling or to seal your spot just visit www.jurassicclassic.org.uk.  Alternatively, contact a member of the team on 020 3310 7034 or email cycling@prostatecanceruk.org

If you have concerns about prostate cancer please call Prostate Cancer UK’s confidential Helpline on 0800 074 8383 or visit www.prostatecanceruk.org. The helpline is free to landlines, staffed by specialist nurses, and open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.

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