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Monday 03 March 2014

Manchester City challenge fans to 24-hour cycle

Supporters offered chance to cycle alongside City legends in gruelling fundraiser

  • The 2013 event was attended by City's Head of Elite Development squad Patrick Vieira

  • Manchester City players Jack Rodwell and Richard Wright show their support for Velocity

Manchester City are challenging fans to get involved in next month’s Velocity fundraiser, a 24-hour cycle event around Manchester’s world famous Velodrome, to raise money for the club’s foundation, City in the Community.

"We’re up for the challenge and want as many people as possible to join us"
Andy Morrison

Supporters will be offered the opportunity to cycle alongside a team of City legends during the day, which runs from 8am on Saturday 22 March until the next morning on Sunday 23. A total of 72 teams, each with five members, will take part in the day, with each quintet riding for a continous hour in competition with two other teams.

It is a gruelling day but former City players Andy Morrison, Alex Williams, Richard Edghill, Ian Brightwell and Joe Corrigan will take part for the second year running. The club legends hope others will follow in their footsteps, to raise money for a worthy cause.

“With one month to go, we’re really looking forward to it," Morrison said. "It should be a great event and can’t wait to get the lads into action. We’re up for the challenge and want as many people as possible to join us."

The Velocity cycle challenge will be the second of its kind, having been launched by City in the Community last year. Teams are cheered and supported by fellow fundraisers in the track centre and there are a host of extra activities. There will also be awards for the fastest lap, furthest travelled and highest fundraiser.

The funds raised will go to CITC, which was formed in 1986 and each year engages with more than 200,000 people of all ages and across all communities over Manchester, Tameside and Stockport.

Manchester City supporters group Hazel Grove took part in last year's Velocity and are already signed up for the upcoming event next month.

“We rode the event last year, and really enjoyed it,” said a spokesperson for Hazel Grove. “We are a very active branch, not just on matchday but also socially and charity events."

“It is very important that such fundraising events exist"
Hazel Grove Supporters Club

The Hazel Grove team recorded 647 laps last year and have started planning pre-Velocity training in a bid to build up fitness for next month's cycle. They hope Velocity can go even further than raising money for City in the Community by encouraging healthy lifestyles among those taking part.

“It is very important that such fundraising events exist, it is great that CITC are promoting sporting challenges, as maybe it helps encourage a healthier lifestyle. 

“Since our branch started way back in 1999, whenever CITC require fundraising or organise an event, we always try and help.”

To find out more about the Velocity experience click here. You can also register for the event here.

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