MG took the opportunity to help raise money for Comic Relief with the help of its new pro-cycling team.
The MG Maxifuel Pro Cycling Team put on red noses in a seven mile charity ride from the MG Birmingham site to Birmingham city centre following the formal launch of the team.
Most of the team took part in the ride on Tuesday, braving the bitter cold. In fact, some of the team doubted if their Comic Relief red noses were really necessary as the biting wind seemed to be putting plenty of colour in their faces anyway!
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 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 riders in their bright red and blue kit made quite a sight as the made their way along the A38 with their MG6 GT support cars which the team will use at around 100 top cycling events this year.
In Victoria Square, outside Birmingham’s Council House, the team took on the MG Racing Bug challenge, attempting to steer model MG6 cars around a track.
MG Benji, the MG Car Club’s mascot, put in an appearance and added to the charity fundraising. MG is still counting the money raised, but it is hoped that several hundred pounds will have been raised by Friday for Comic Relief.
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