It’s just three weeks until 2005’s first 24-hour event, the CLIC24 charity fundraiser around the Mendips (14-15 May). And if you haven’t entered and wish to do so, you’ve got one week to do it – entries close on Saturday 30 April. To emphasise the “ride, not race”, laid-back goals of the event, the organisers are dispensing with number boards and producing a special ID badge for every rider instead. Obviously laps get counted, what with so many people having per-lap sponsorship to raise cash for children’s cancer charity CLIC.
The course has been changed completely from last year’s controversial arrangement, with a 10-mile loop around the Mendip Hills offering a bit of everything (except soul-destroying barely-ridable climbs, we’re told). Event HQ is at the Charterhouse Centre, offering home-cooked food all weekend, course-side camping, masseurs, light charging facilities, live music on Saturday and proper flushing toilets. Even better, the team and solo rider who raise the most sponsorship will have the use of a room in the centre complete with private en-suite shower and toilet.
Stuff you need to know (and entry forms) at www.clic24.org.uk.