Ride with Jens Voigt in the New Forest

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Ride with Jens Voigt in the New Forest – UPDATED

Here’s a chance to ride with arguably the most popular rider in the peloton through some of England’s most beautiful scenery.

The ride will take place on Saturday April, 27. You can show your support by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/Stuart-GraceShutupLegs

Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) has enjoyed a 12-year career at cycling’s elite level, and will ride next month in the New Forest to raise funds for the Epilepsy Society.

The German, a two-time stage winner of the Tour de France, and twice a wearer of the yellow jersey, has been invited to ride by local racer, Stuart Grace (GA Cycles), whose daughter, Amy, suffers from epilepsy and has learning difficulties.

Jens Voigt, pictured here at full gas on stage six of the 2012 Paris-Nice, will ride in the New Forest next month

“I’m looking forward to riding in the New Forest and raising a good deal of money for Amy’s charity,” said Voigt.

The Shut Up Legs charity ride will take place over a 50-mile parcours, with 200 riders divided into groups of 16, and expected to ride at speeds of around 16 to 18mph. Voigt will leave with the first group, but drop back at designated intervals to ensure everyone has the chance to ride with him.

Entry costs £100 and includes free food and drink after the ride at the event HQ, and entry into a draw with prizes from Trek and local businesses. Voight will sign items and talk with guests.

Organisers are keeping the ride location secret to limit gatecrashers and maximise the event’s fundraising potential. They will send a wristband to participants for entry to a secure ride compound and disclose the venue 48 hours before the ride.

Sponsors making a minimum donation of £250 will be offered the chance to meet Voigt the evening before the ride “at an exclusive social gathering”.

Non-riders will still have the opportunity to meet Voigt, a Giro d’Italia stage winner and five-time Criterium International champion, by purchasing a wrist band for £20 for entry to the post-ride gathering. Further donations can be made by purchasing a signed photo of the German. Funds will go to Amy Grace’s Wishing Well fund.

Cycling journalist and photographer, Phil Gale, who is helping to promote the ride, said: “This is a unique chance to meet a legendary super-domestique, and raise money for a good cause.

“Please understand that Jens will have to leave immediately after the post- ride event for his next races in Europe and the USA, but we are extremely grateful to team RadioShack for letting him come to the UK during his racing season.”

All riders must have personal insurance with British Cycling or the Cyclists’ Touring Club.

To get involved, email [email protected]

The Epilepsy Society

RadioShack-Leopard

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