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Olympic gold medalist Nicole Cooke supports charity bike ride

April 18 2011 - Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Nicole Cooke MBE, winner of the 2008 Women's Road Race, is supporting this years Christian Aid London to Paris bike ride (20-24 July) and encouraging last minute entries before the closing date of 12 May 2011.

The 300 mile charity cycle will see a group of 140 cyclists from Christian Aid's Team Poverty beginning their 4 day challenge from London and arriving at the Eiffel Tower in time for the finale of the 2011 Tour de France.

Nicole Cooke said: 'This is a rewarding and healthy way of raising money for Christian Aid, which will go towards helping the most deserving people across the world, who will be helped to lift themselves out of poverty.'

Joining Team Poverty for the third time Christian Aid supporter Andrew Sully said: ' Cycling to Paris is a way of saying how the little gestures we make to reduce our carbon footprints can collectively make a world of difference.'

A £99 registration fee will secure a place and all participants are asked to raise a minimum sponsorship of £1,100.  Everyone taking part will receive a training t-shirt, nutritional and training advice, a fundraising pack, a celebratory meal at the end of the ride and a warm feeling inside knowing they are raising money for a great cause.

Sign up today! Register now at www.christianaid.org.uk/cycling to secure a place.

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If you would like further information please contact Melanie Marks on 020 7523 2421 or mmarks@christian-aid.org. 24 hour press duty phone - 07850 242950  

Notes to Editors:

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the need is greatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2. Christian Aid has a vision, an end to global poverty, and we believe that vision can become a reality. Our report, Poverty Over, explains what we believe needs to be done - and can be done - to end poverty.  Details at http://www.christianaid.org.uk/Images/poverty-over-report.pdf

3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of 100 churches and church-related organisations that work together inhumanitarian assistance and development.  Further details at http://www.actalliance.org

4. Follow Christian Aid's newswire on Twitter: http://twitter.com/caid_newswire

5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid visit www.christianaid.org.uk