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Calling all cyclists looking for a challenge this autumn

Christian Aid is encouraging cycling enthusiasts across the UK to sign up to its newest cycling event, the London – Luxembourg challenge, by the end of August 2010.

The four day, 330 mile bike ride is open to cyclists of all abilities and will begin in London on 29 September and arrive in Luxembourg City on 3 October. 

Starting in London the group will cycle along Kent country lanes, board the Dover to Calais ferry and then continue their journey through picturesque French villages as they pass Lille and head towards the Ardennes and champagne region. 

They will then cross the border into Belgium and from the town of Florenville the route will climb to 1,200 ft above sea level before crossing into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and entering the city through one of its most famous landmarks, the Luxembourg Fortress.  The morning of the final day can be spent sightseeing in this impressive city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before catching the train home. 

Riders will be in the saddle between six and eight hours a day and will be provided with rest stops and refreshments. 

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. 

Alison Gregory, Events Manager said:

'Christian Aid launched its first cycle challenge, from London to Paris, two years ago and it has been a fantastic success.  We started with 75 riders and last year 135 people took part, it is always oversubscribed. 

'Therefore we decided to introduce an additional route this year and are really pleased to be the only organisation offering a London to Luxembourg cycle challenge. 

'Challenge events are a win win, the people who take part get fit, have fun and challenge themselves, and the money they raise helps Christian Aid to fund its vital work with poor communities around the world.'

Sign up today at www.christianaid.org.uk/events  

Further information 

If you would like further information please contact Karen Lobo-Morell on 020 7523 2404

Notes to editors

1.Christian Aidworks in some of the world's poorest communities in nearly 50 countries. We act where the needisgreatest, regardless of religion, helping people build the lives they deserve.

2.Christian Aid hasa 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

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