Olympic gold medallist will start bike challenge in Portsmouth

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FRESH from her heroic achievements in the velodrome, Olympic gold medallist Dani King will mark the beginning of a cycling challenge in Portsmouth on Wednesday.

The athlete, who comes from Hamble, will fire the starting pistol at Portsmouth’s ferry port between 7pm and 8pm, seeing off hundreds of cyclists as they embark on the Beaune endurance challenge across France.

The Beauene challenge is an initiative of Challenge Adventure Charities (CAC) and sees teams of four cycling a relay of more than 500 miles from Caen to Beaune with the aim of raising £250,000 for charity.

The charity is run by volunteers and participants pay for their own entry fees, with all that’s raised during the challenge going straight to charity.

It raises money for charity through a number of different challenges each year.

CAC trustee Stuart Mason Elliott said: ‘We are absolutely thrilled that Dani will be coming to Portsmouth to send off our cyclists.

‘Dani has been a supporter of the charity for many years, took part in the 2007 Velo Vosque Challenge and is a patron of CAC.

‘This is a fantastic physical challenge which raises money for good causes and what better inspiration for our cyclists than a gold 
medal winning Olympian to set them off on their way?

‘It is fantastic to have a world record holder and Olympic gold medallist coming down to the ferry port to cheer on our cyclists and with Dani’s encouragement, I know our cyclists will get off to a flying start.’