Brothers’ call for cyclists

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CYCLING brothers Russ and Dean Downing are gearing up for their annual race this Sunday – the Autumn Strines Challenge.

The brothers are inviting local cyclists to take part too, in a 50k or 100k event in association with their club Out of the Saddle and Nonnas La Squadra.

The races start and finish at Baldwins Omega off Psalter Lane, and take in some of the region’s most stunning countryside on the pair’s favourite training routes around the Strines reservoirs.

Dean said: “Last year we had a fantastic turnout and this time promises to be even better. Riders will get to experience our regular training routes first hand – it’s a tough course, and one that’s always put Russ and I through our paces.”

Participants will be rewarded with a pasta party, free sports massages and nutrition bars. Family and friends are encouraged to tag along to the after-party from around 1pm.

Russ, fresh from a fourth place finish in the Tour Of Britain, said: “We’re really looking forward to it and we’re thrilled to be doing it with Nonnas La Squadra, who have always been very supportive of us both.”

Entry is £30 and also includes pre-ride refreshments.

Visit www.lasquadra.co.uk/shop to sign up.

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