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MG launches two wheeled team

MG is launching a pro-cycling team which includes some of Britain’s top racing cyclists.

The MG Maxifuel Pro Cycling Team will compete in nearly 100 of the UK’s top events this year, many of which will be screened on TV, in what is Britain’s fastest growing sport.

And to mark the team’s launch they are taking part in a huge event at MG’s home in Birmingham next Tuesday (March 12) to raise money for Comic Relief.

A squad of 20 riders make up the men’s and women’s MG Maxifuel Pro Cycling teams, including Hannah Barnes, a 21times national champion at various events and Sweden’s Magnus Backstedt, a Tour de France stage winner.

Other key members include Charline Joiner, a double Commonwealth games silver medallist; Will Bjergfelt, who has represented GB in the world cycling championships; Toni Abbisogni, an Australian national medallist; Melissa Brand, who is ranked 3rd in Europe at triathlon and David Lines who rode in the Delhi Commonwealth Games and helped the team take multiple cycling medals.

The team, whose ages range from 18 to 40, will compete in races ranging from 200 meter track sprints to 200km road races. They will be
mounted on bikes weighing just 6.8 kilos and worth several thousand pounds each.

Next Tuesday the team will be officially announced at an event at the MG Sales Centre at the MG Birmingham site in Lowhill Lane, Longbridge, Birmingham.

Members of the team will then put on red noses and ride seven miles into Birmingham City Centre in a convoy supported by MG6 cars to raise money for Comic Relief.

Throughout the afternoon members of the team will be at several venues in Birmingham city centre raising money for Comic Relief, including riding against MG Benji – the MG Car Club’s mascot.

MG is also promoting healthy living and promoting cycling as a successful British Olympic legacy sport.

Clint Cordle, MG’s Head of Marketing and PR, said: “Cycling is now the fastest growing sport in the UK and it’s great that MG can be involved in a high-profile sport which also has tens of thousands of fans at grass root level.

“The team has two MG6 GTs as support cars and they are delighted with them. The huge boot easily swallows all the kit the team needs and the bright logos on the cars mean they will be easily spotted by fans up and down the country.”

Rod Freeman, MG Maxifuel Pro Cycling Team Manager, said: “With MG’s support I think this team will be really strong in 2013 and we are delighted that MG has given us their support.”

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