In the Autumn of 2010, the UK-based international development agency, Christian Aid is launching two major new cycling events, the London – Luxembourg Challenge and The Jurassic Coast Challenge. They will raise money and awareness in the struggle against global poverty.
The London – Luxembourg Challenge is the newest, most exciting cycling event in Europe, say the organisers. One hundred intrepid cyclists of all abilities are being invited to take part in the 330 mile ride which begins in London on 29 September and arrives in Luxembourg City on 3 October.
The group will be in the saddle between six and eight hours a day, riding along Kent country lanes and through picturesque French villages before crossing into Belgium, climbing 1,200 ft above sea level and entering the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg through its famous Fortress.
A morning will then be spent sightseeing in this impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site before catching the train home.
A £99 registration fee will secure participants a place on the cycle ride and they are then asked to raise minimum sponsorship of £1,100.
The Jurassic Coast Challenge is a brand new two day, 24 mile trek along the Dorset and Devon coastline for walkers of all levels. The weekend trek begins in Sidmouth on 17 September and ends in West Bay on 19 September.
The hike will cover a section of the South West Coastal Path, the UK's first natural World Heritage Site and a breathtaking section of coastline which records 185 million years of the earth's history in its rocks.
The challenge begins with an evening meal on the Friday, before the first day’s walking takes in the magnificent Undercliffs National Nature Reserve on its 15 mile route to Lyme Bay, says Christian Aid.
Day two is a more leisurely nine mile hike; from Lyme Regis through to Charmouth with an uphill climb to Golden Cap, the highest point on the Path, before arriving at West Bay.
Registration for the trek is £50 and participants are asked to raise minimum sponsorship of £500.
Alison Gregory, CA's Events Manager, explained: "Christian Aid Challenge events are a win win, those 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. We are delighted to have two new events this year and hope to encourage more and more people to take part."
You can register now at www.christianaid.org.uk/events  to secure a place.
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