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Sheene Memorial Challenge launches 2 new trips for 2011

By James Keen -

Touring & travel

 21 October 2010 14:40

Children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent is taking the Barry Sheene Memorial Motorcycle Challenge up a gear for 2011 by launching two new biker-friendly European routes.

Registration is now open for both a five-day and a nine-day trip that take riders through beautiful biking countryside and include visits to top biking circuits across Europe.  

The nine-day trip covers 1,900 miles, starting at Brand’s Hatch on 10 August, will take in the Chimay circuit in France, the world-famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany and explore the Czech Republic’s open roads all the way to the Brno GP. 

The five-day 900-mile challenge sees Team Sheene setting off from Brand’s Hatch on 22 June, for race circuits in Spa and Chimay in France, Nurburg in Germany and Zolder in Belgium, finishing with a celebration at the Moto GP in Assen.

Greg Jones, who took part in Team Sheene for the first time in 2010, says: “There’s a really great sense of camaraderie between all the riders as you’re sharing such an intense and exciting experience. I’ll definitely be part of the team again as it’s a fantastic way of combining your own interests with fundraising for such a worthy cause – brilliant!”

Riders are asked to pay a registration fee of £195 for both routes and raise a minimum of £2,750 (nine-day ride) or £1,650 (five-day ride) in sponsorship for CLIC Sargent. Participants will be given a resources pack to help with fundraising and a designated CLIC Sargent contact to support them in reaching their target. The sponsorship fee includes ferry travel, accommodation, breakfast and evening meals, tour leader, support van, GP ticket and route planning/map costs.

All sponsorship raised from the Barry Sheene Memorial Motorcycle Challenge will go towards providing clinical, practical and support for children and young people with cancer, and their families. Following Barry’s death from cancer in 2003, the challenge was created to celebrate his achievements in the sport, as well as raising vital funds to help children and young people with cancer.

Henry Street, CLIC Sargent’s Challenge Events Co-ordinator, says, “We’re calling for bikers everywhere to don their leathers get involved in 2011’s Team Sheene Challenges.

“There’s such a great atmosphere between the riders out on the open road exploring some of Europe’s finest scenery and biking hotspots, and this year we’re adding extra variety with two unique routes. This is a really fantastic opportunity to raise money for a great cause and test your biking skills. Go for it!”

For more information or to register for the 2011 Barry Sheene Memorial Motorcycle Challenges visit www.clicsargent.org.uk/teamsheene or call 0845 124 1188.