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Entries open for annual Cyclothon UK event at the Brands Hatch race circuit in West Kingsdown this September

By Dan Wright

Competitors are being encouraged to ditch horsepower for pedal power at Brands Hatch this September.

The West Kingsdown race circuit is hosting its annual 12-hour Cyclothon UK event on Thursday, September 11, and cyclists are invited to take to the track to raise funds for charity.

The event, now in its fourth year, will take place on the iconic 2.4-mile Grand Prix circuit which will offer a great challenge from start to finish.

Get on your bike at Brands Hatch this September

If competitors are interested in taking to the track - which was originally founded as a cycling venue before becoming world-famous for car and motorcycle racing - they will need to enter by the end of August.

Cyclothon UK was created by former England rugby prop Victor Ubogu as a competitive event for cycling enthusiasts, with the pledge to raise £1 million for charity over five years.

The event will take place on the undulating 2.4-mile Grand Prix circuit

So far, the events have attracted a number of sporting charities and helped raise over £150,000 for various causes. In addition to raising funds, riders are also encouraged to compete for prizes.

The event will also revive old sporting rivalries from the rugby field thanks to the Home Nations Trophy, which offers charity riders and keen cyclists the chance to ride alongside celebrities.

Cyclothon UK was set up by former England Rugby player Victor Ubogu, who regularly competes in the event

Registration to compete in the event is open until Friday, August 29. If you want to enter a team or to ride solo can book by calling VU Ltd on 0871 871 5300. Spectators are welcome all day with no charge to enter Brands Hatch during the event.

For more details visit www.cyclothonuk.com or follow updates on twitter @cyclothonuk

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