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David Brailsford and Roberto Mancini back March 2013 event at the National Cycling Centre

Manchester City FC and British Cycling create Velocity charity event

Manchester City Football Club, with the support of British Cycling, has created a charity cycling event called Velocity, set to take over the National Cycling Centre on Friday March 22nd next year.

The 24 hour non-stop cycling event will play host to sporting and celebrity cycling teams, each made up of five members. The teams will choose their hour between 7pm on Friday 22nd March all the way through until 7pm on Saturday 23rd. Whether tag-teaming the track or going for the greatest distance, those 60 minutes are the team’s chance to prove their skill on the world famous track.

100 per cent of the entrance fee will go to Manchester City FC’s charities, plus any sponsorship raised either to the Club’s charities or the team’s own choice. Prizes for fundraisers include a one hour session with a yet to be named London 2012 cyclist at the National Cycling Centre, tickets to the Track Cycling World Cup and signed jerseys from London 2012 medallists and the Manchester City FC first team.

British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford, gonged at last night’s BBC SPOTY awards, said: “This promises to be an amazing event and one with which everyone who can ride a bike can become involved. Through hard work and a winning mentality, British Cycling and our neighbours at City have enjoyed a lot of success in 2012 and this is a chance for the fans of both sports to come together and celebrate.”

MCFC manager Roberto Mancini said: “Cycling is one of my long standing sporting passions alongside football so this event is close to my heart. I visited the Velodrome recently and had an important exchange of views with David Brailsford. Young and old, men and women, adults and children can all get involved in Velocity and I encourage them to do so. City and British Cycling both want to make this an extra special event and one that becomes an annual fixture in the calendar. Charity will be the big winner and that is fantastic.”

Registrations open on Wednesday 19th December at 9am at which point the team leader needs to pay £100 to reserve the hour. Entrance costs £250 per rider, or £1,250 for the whole team of five. All riders must be at least 12 years of age.

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