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Following the success of the ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘London Paris’ editions. This years crack team of Morning Star cyclists are pedalling ‘In the Shadow of Giants’ 

The long anticipated 3rd Edition challenge rolls out with a two part sportive.Part 1 is a two-day (9th & 10th July) 150 mile journey from Liverpool to Durham riding in the name of ‘The Sam Watts Brigade’ honouring the local Merseyside Morning Star organiser who dedicated his life to the class struggle and recently died.Riders and logistics crew will then join thousands of trade unionists and progressives at the Annual Durham Miners Gala on 11th July.The challenging route has a flat, fast 70 mile profile for the first day with an overnight stay in Carnforth before the daunting second day of around 80 miles that navigates between the Lake District National Park and the hilly, rolling terrain of the Yorkshire Dales.

Riders will have little respite following the Durham stage, riding out again the following week on Part 2 (July 18) in the name of ‘The Harry Pollit Brigade’ . The East Manchester boilermaker who rose from the shop stewards movement to become leader of the Communist Party.

Starting out in Bradford and the home of Walter Greaves riders will be following one of many March routes used by workers travelling to the rally and subsequent massacre at St Peters fields (Peterloo). A 60 mile journey laced in the history of class struggle will finish in the heart of Manchester with a victory rally and social.

The Harry Pollit bicycling brigadistas are still looking for sponsors so why not help get our fund raising target of £3,000 off to a flying start by supporting us and our efforts.

You can

1) Sponsor the Cycle Challenge Team. Consider making a donation to the team in support of the Morning Star. Cheques should be made payable to Merseyside Morning Star Supporters Group and sent to Pedalling4Progress, 343 Fairfield Road Droylsden Manchester M43 6EB. Alternatively by electronic transfer to Unity Trust Bank Sort Code 08-60-01 Acc No 20325338. All donations will go directly to the Morning Star.

2) Encourage workplace union organisations to support the Cycle Challenge. We would be grateful if you would write to union representatives in your branches or region encouraging them to support the Morning Star by donating to the Cycle Challenge or subscribing to the Morning Star.

3) Support the team online. Follow the team as we Pedal4Progress on Twitter @pedal4progress and online at www.pedal4progress.wordpress.com and do what you can to help to promote our activities to your contacts.

Les Doherty
3rd Edition Ride Leader

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