Last week, Velocity was lucky enough to be invited by Willmott Dixon to the 10th annual Champions of Cyclesport dinner, at London's Hurlingham Club last week (21 November).
Almost 500 attended the dinner, raising over £180,000 for Action Medical Research (AMR). Guests were treated to live interviews with champions from a range of cycle sports, including Olympic and World Track champion Dani Rowe MBE (on her birthday), and siblings Rachel and Gee Atherton who have a combined tally of eight Down Hill World Championships.
"All the pros were amazing," AMR senior partnerships development manager Sarah Stevenson told Velocity. "Every one of them comes for free which means so much to the charity and the profit for the event."
Stevenson confirmed that no one was drunk enough to mortgage their house during the charity auction that followed the dinner, but a Passoni Frame – the only one of its kind sold in the UK – had fetched £10,500.
"It's great to be supporting this cause and all our guests love cycling, so we hope everyone left happy," said Andy Geldard, chief communications officer at Willmott Dixon, a Velocity partner.
- AMR have just opened registration for the fourth annual Ziggurat built environment industry ride. This edition will see the ride depart from Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, Surrey, and head off for a four-day tour of the Champagne region of France. Taking place from 23 to 27 September, 2020, the ride will conclude with a gala dinner in a yet-to-be-named Champagne House in Reims. We recommend the ride to V readers, following our four days in the sun in 2019. More information on next year's ride here.