Preview: The annual cycle challenge to take place for the Ben Gautrey Foundation


Ben Gautrey, 18, who was killed in a smash at British Superbikes Series meeting

A cycle challenge to raise money for a charity foundation set up after a family lost their motorbike-ace son will take place next month.

Ben Gautrey was 18 when he died after losing control of his motorbike during a high-speed race in August 2011.

Named after the much-loved teen the ride, called the Ben Gautrey Challenge, is now in its fourth year, with participants gearing up to take part on August 16.

This year organisers are hoping to raise more vital funds for the Ben Gautrey Foundation which aims to help sports at grassroots level and support young stars of the future.

Ben’s friends and members of his family will be participating in the ride, which includes a flatter more achievable 30km (19-mile) route and a 50km (32-mile) route with more challenging terrain.

There will also be a ‘mini route’ around Meols Hall for children.

Below are photographs from the 2014 event

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The event is being organised by Ben’s aunt, Julie Jones, who is taking part on the day. Julie is also taking part in her own fundraising project: she is performing 25 challenges before she turns 40.

She said it’s a real family effort and added: “This is the first year I’m taking part in the event, along with Ben’s mum and sisters. His niece Nell, four, will do the mini route.

“Ben’s cousin, Chris Blake, has also done a lot for the foundation. He recently cycled coast to coast – in one day – and always goes above and beyond for the cause, without ever expecting any attention or any thanks.”

Julie would also like to thank David Williams who has helped massively with the organisation of the challenge.

Entrance to the race is still open and you can sign up online or turn up on the day.

To enter, search online for Ben Gautrey Challenge 2015.

If you would like to sponsor Julie’s 25 challenges, go to her JustGiving page


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