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Ladies show pedal power

Posted: Fri 06 Sep 2013
Author: Paul Skipp

Blues Ladies and England star Karen Carney donating her mile.

Image by: Tim Andrews

Blues Ladies proved that anything the boys do they can do better when they cycled their way to the halfway point of 37,500 miles for the 7-in-Seven Big Bike challenge.

Following in the footsteps of the men’s team who successfully hosted a training zone at St Andrew’s, with manager Lee Clark donating his mile on a static bike, the girls all pedalled their way closer to the event’s 77,777 mile-long target at a Harry Training Hub at their Stratford Town home ground.

The bike challenge has proved to be a big success with the public. Visitors to the Moseley folk Festival notched up a total of 1000 miles during this year’s popular three-day music event, raising £1000 for Help Harry Help Others.

The initiative aims to encourage 10,000 people to collectively cycle the equivalent of three times around the world in a bid to ‘bring the bike back to our city.’ The core event will see around 50 cyclists tackle a 700-mile journey from Zurich to Birmingham in seven days.

Event organiser and managing director of Hollywood Monster, Tim Andrews, said: “Blues and Moseley Folk Festival visitors really took this challenge under their belt. People were really eager to contribute their mile at both venues and it’s fantastic that so many miles have been achieved already. Hopefully people will remember how much fun cycling is and will keep it up in the future.”  

Bluenoses are encouraged to join the final 27 mile leg of the challenge, cycling alongside well know Blues fans Tom Ross and Ian Danter which draws to an end on September 29 when cyclists including former West Bromwich Albion players, Cyrille Regis and Brendan Batson and former Aston Villa player Steve Staunton will be welcomed back into Centenary Square with a spectacular bike festival. 

Harry Training Hubs will be hitting the Blues again when they return to St Andrew’s for the visit of Sheffield Wednesday on September 21 to give fans a final chance to donate their mile. The bikes will be situated in the Jasper Carrot Suite and the Bar 8 Foster’s Fanzone from 12 to 6pm. 

The 7inSeven bike challenge aims to remind people how much fun cycling is as a sport, a pastime, a means of transport, and to promote it as part of a healthy lifestyle suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

The event aims to inspire 7,000 people to collectively ride 77,777 miles (equivalent to three times round the world) by recording the miles they’ve pedalled on the 7-in-Seven website –  It also aims to raise more than £100,000 for the Help Harry Help Others charity. 

One of the seven initiatives is an epic bike ride in September from Zurich to Birmingham in which cyclists will pedal 700 miles and burn 42,000 calories. It will see a group of high profile West Midlands cyclists, from TV, radio, sport and business, travel through seven countries in seven days.

The ambitious initiative is the brainchild of Hollywood Monster’s Tim Andrews, Gus Lunt, business manager at GlaxoSmithKline, and well known broadcaster Phil Upton, of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

The final day celebration ride will start at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and is expected to attract more than 200 riders, all cycling the last 30 miles, via the Edgbaston Stadium, to arrive in Centenary Square on September 29 for a festival celebration. The festival, organised by Birmingham City Council, will include cycle manufacturers and clubs, nutrition advice, sports stars including Olympians, music by Free Radio, and opportunities to tour the new Library of Birmingham.

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