Children’s charity seeks riders for Trossachs Ton cycle challenge

The stunning Trossachs scenery is a backdrop to cycling challenge.

The stunning Trossachs scenery is a backdrop to cycling challenge.

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Popular cycling challenge the Trossachs Ton will take place this summer and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now and test themselves on this jewel of British cycling.

The event on Sunday, June 19, 2016, offers two options, a classic 75-mile route, the perfect introduction to distance riding, or the more challenging champion option which covers 106 miles - ideal for experienced sportive riders.

The route, which starts at Stirling High School, is one of the best ride outs in Scotland in an area of outstanding scenery full of mountains and forests, making the ride a pleasure despite the hills.

The classic route includes Crow Road and a single ascent of the Duke’s Pass while the champion offers the ‘‘Double Duke’’, two runs at the steep but stunning pass.

This event is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides that take place in fantastic cycling locations across the UK. All include chip timing, food and water stations, marshals and mechanics.

Entry to the Trossachs Ton is £38 and riders will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children – in 2015, almost 5,000 riders helped to raise a total of £286,000.

With the help of its supporters, Action Medical Research has played a significant role in many medical breakthroughs for more than 60 years, from the development of the first UK polio vaccines to the use of ultrasound in pregnancy. It is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

For more information and to register, please visit action.org.uk/trossachs-ton.