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'Pedal Against Poverty' says Christian Aid!

25 September 2017 - As Christian Aid looks forward to its annual ‘Strangford Sportive’ (Saturday 30 September), the charity has called on local residents in the Strangford Lough area to come out and support the hundreds of cyclists taking part in this major event.

Cycling expert Fraser Duncan, who helps run The Bike House which is based in Bangor, has advised participants to prepare well for what is a ‘challenging but very beautiful’ course.

Experienced, amateur and ‘just for fun’ cyclists are invited to get on their bikes and take to the shores of Strangford Lough on Saturday 30 September for a cycling challenge, raising funds for Christian Aid. There are three routes which take in towns and villages across south Down including Strangford, Killyleagh, Ardglass, Killough, Lisbane and Whiterock.

The ‘Strangford Sportive’, now in its fifth year, is expected to see hundreds of local cyclists set off from Delamont Country Park, Killyleagh to take part in one of three routes offered (120km, 80km or 40km) along marshalled roads around the picturesque drumlins of County Down.

Fraser Duncan, of the Sportive sponsors The Bike House, suggested that participants prepare well for the event.

'This is a challenging but really beautiful route, with many short, steep drumlins and a challenging final section of the course. My advice would be to leave a little extra in the legs for the end of the course, and be sure to hydrate and take on some light food at the three refreshment stops around the course!

'Our team will be there to help you out of you have a problem with your bike, to get you back on the road. If you have a problem, we’ll be based in Delamont Country Park and we’ll get to you as quickly as we can. If your bike isn’t fixable at the roadside, we’ll be there to give you a lift back, to Delamont so that you can avail of the complimentary barbeque for all the participants!' 
Helen Newell, Christian Aid’s Church and Community Officer (and organiser of the event), said,

'Christian Aid is excited to be running our fifth Strangford Sportive.  This is usually one of the last organised cycles of the season, so it is a great opportunity to pedal against poverty, having fun and, raising some valuable funds for the amazing work Christian Aid is doing to tackle poverty around the world. 

'If you live in the area, please be aware that there will be cyclists out on the roads between 8am and 3pm.  Do cheer them on if you encounter them, but if you’re worried about disruption you can view the routes at www.christianaid.ie/strangfordsportive

'The Strangford Sportive will be a very fun, rewarding day and I would urge anyone with a bike – no matter how basic or high spec – to sign up and take part.  I would also like to thank our event partner, The Bike House  and our volunteers who will be on hand to keep our cyclists refreshed and supported on the day.'


Notes to editors: 

  1. There is a registration fee for cyclists taking part in the event of £25 per person. Christian Aid works with people of all faiths and none.

    You can register today for the Strangford Sportive online and find out more at www.christianaid.ie/strangfordsportive. For more information contact Helen, email eventsireland@christian-aid.org or phone 028 9064 8133.

  2. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. 

  4. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter @christianaidirl

  5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid Ireland visit www.christianaid.ie

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