Olympic cyclist Bryan Steel joins Flagg Challenge for Ashgate Hospice

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Olympic cycling star Bryan Steel is set to join fundraisers taking part in the JE James and Derbyshire Times Flagg Challenge Ride for Ashgate Hospice.

The four-time Olympic cyclist and medallist amassed 35 national medals during an illustrious career including Olympic, World and Commonwealth honours.

Bryan will be attending the event registration from 8am, on Sunday, July 26, where he will meet riders before joining them to take on the 50 mile charity ride for Chesterfield-based Ashgate Hospice.

Derbyshire Times acting editor Nancy Fielder said: “It is fantastic of Bryan to step in and support Ashgate Hospice during the fourth annual Flagg Challenge.

“We are urging as many riders as possible to sign up for the event and what better incentive could there be than to support such a worthy cause while being able to ride with an Olympic champion.”

Entrants who book places now will be armed with GPS maps, sponsor forms, raffle tickets and can be assured of a quick registration before the ride sets off.

The 50 mile route includes Baslow, Ashford-in-the-Water, Shedlon, Flagg, Monyash, Birchover, Stanton, Rowsley, Chatsworth before returning to Ashgate Hospice.

An alternate 25-mile ride sets off from the hospice and goes to Ashford-in-the-Water and back.

To enter visit www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/events/flaggchallenge/ or visit events at www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk or contact Jon Cooper on 01246 504524 and jon.cooper@jpress.co.uk or the hospice’s Charlotte Gratton on 01246 567250 or charlotte.gratton@ashgatehospice.nhs.uk.

Volunteer foot marshals and marshal riders are also kindly volunteering to support and keep riders on route during the day.

The fundraising event’s sponsors JE James have also donated a Haibike Q Race SL road bike which will be raffled as part of the Flagg Cycle Challenge.

Raffle tickets for JE James’s bike prize are available to buy or sell for the hospice from JE James’s or by contacting the hospice.