Charity South Downs cycle starts at Goodwood

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A TIMED bike ride called ‘Gentle South Downs Giant’ run by Hampshire based charity AGSD-UK will take place on Sunday, September 2, starting and finishing at Goodwood Racecourse.

The AGSD, Association for Glycogen Storage Disease is offering existing and budding cyclists the chance to win a giant carbon fibre road bike worth £1,800 when they take part in the cyclo-sportive and raise funds for the charity.

Allan Muir, the charity’s Development Director and a keen cyclist, said: “The route circumnavigates the South Downs between Petworth in the East and the Meon Valley in the West; passing through some of the prettiest villages and hamlets the South of England has to offer. We’ll cycle by green rolling pastures, ancient woodlands, river valleys and wetlands all within the recently designated South Downs National Park. Riders will experience an exhilarating and challenging sportive and will be helped to recuperate afterwards with hot food and refreshments”.

Allan will be riding in a distinctive Spider-Man kit to honour parents and other superheroes who care for children with rare diseases.

Cyclists will be rated as gold, silver or bronze according to their average speed around their chosen route.

Participants can choose between 3 distances: The Giant is 104 miles with long challenging climbs for the serious cyclist; the Spirit is 76 miles and the Demon 44 miles and full support and back-up will be provided by ‘UK Cycling Events’ on whichever route participants decide to choose. The AGSD-UK supports families and individuals living with GSD, holding workshops and events to help patients understand their condition and learn to manage their complex dietary, exercise and medical needs. desperately needs funds to continue their support to families and to improve the lives of people living with these ultra-rare genetic diseases.

For more information please contact: giant@agsd.org.uk or call 01489 877991.