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Bike Blenheim Palace Sportive announced
Blenheim Palace is delighted to announce the annual cycling festival Breast Cancer Care's Bike Blenheim Palace will take place in the summer this year on Sunday 21st August. Previously an autumn event on the Palace's calendar, this move for the fourth annual event will provide a brighter morning and a longer summer day - perfect for cycling participants to enjoy an event which is truly a ‘Festival of Cycling'.
On Sunday 21st August the grounds of Britain's Greatest Palace will open up to cycling with thousands taking to the oak-line roads of Blenheim Palace's World Heritage Site Park. Attracting over 5,000 people in 2010 this unique event has established itself as one of the most exciting cycling events in the country; from the speed of the 20k Time Trial, Cycling Weekly's tough 60 or 100 mile road Sportive, the spectacular Brompton World Championship 2011, to the gentle family rides and activities in the Event Village.
New for 2011 is the Breast Cancer Care marathon distance Pink Ribbonride in association with Oakley. This is as a fantastic challenge for those who might find the longer Sportive distances daunting. Breast Cancer Care are inviting all to join them in the 26.2 mile ride through the beautiful Park and into the Cotswolds, and help raise money for people living with breast cancer.
This unique event has something for everyone from the competitive cycling fanatic to families looking for somewhere safe to ride their bikes in beautiful surroundings. Take part in one of the races, browse the Event Village including specialist retailers, and additional arenas for Bike Polo, and M.A.D mountain bike stunt team, or simply come to watch cyclists of all ages take to the beautiful winding roads of Blenheim Park.
Hannah Payne, Blenheim Palace Marketing & PR Manager commented: "It's fantastic to be able to bring our festival of cycling into August this year. We hope everyone will sign up for a cycling challenge this summer and bring their friends and family along to an event where people can have fun, feel proud of their achievement, and help raise money for Breast Cancer Care."
Lucy Johnson, Breast Cancer Care comments: "We're delighted that we have been chosen as the official partner of Bike Blenheim Palace 2011. In the UK someone is diagnosed with breast cancer every 11 minutes, so the demand for our free services is huge. The fundraising efforts of all the participants taking part in the event; from the competitive cyclists dressed in their suits and pink bow ties for the Brompton World Championship, to the ladies tackling the marathon Pink Ribbonride, all are hugely appreciated and ensure that we can continue our life changing work."