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Ride with the Omega-Pharma Quick Step Pros at Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines

The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines is pleased to announce members of Omega-Pharma Quick-Step professional cycling team will ride in an exclusive wave at the event on 6th October 2013.

The inaugural OPQS Rider Club ride will take place at the Etape Pennines in 2013, offering just 150 participants the experience of riding with professional athletes including including legendary Belgian cyclist Tom Boonen, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2nd place finisher and super domestique Stijn Vandenbergh, and winner of the Young Rider Classification at the Tour of Qatar Nikolas Maes.

The OPQS athletes will also officially start the Etape Pennines, waving off riders as they set out on the 78 mile route through the stunning County Durham countryside.

Having gained a reputation in its first year as being the UK’s toughest sportive, experienced riders riders will need to dig deep to overcome over 2,000 metres of climbing during closed road course in County Durham. However, with breathtaking views and exhilarating downhill sections, hard work is certainly rewarded. The added experience of riding with inspirational pro riders will be an unforgettable one.

Wilfried Peeters (Sports Director OPQS) said “We are delighted to offer OPQS supporters the chance to take on this epic sportive on one of the most inspiring routes we have come across. Riding on closed roads creates a ‘Tour de France’ type experience for cycling enthusiasts and we want to go one step further by giving a select number of riders the chance to ride shoulder to shoulder with professional athletes, in team jerseys and with the teams official support vehicles.

“We hope that the pre event dinner, the night before will be a chance for those in the supporters club to get an insight into the life of a pro rider, as well as give everyone the opportunity to relax and eat well before the sportive the next day!”

The VIP riding experience, which includes entry into the official OPQS Rider Club, access to pro riders before, and during, the ride and an OPQS jersey, will cost £350.

Prior to the event, VIP riders will also get their name and photo on the OPQS website and enjoy a three course meal with two to three members of the OPQS team at the exclusive OPQS Rider Club Dinner on the 5 October.

During Etape Pennines on 6 October, VIP participants will be positioned within the OPQS Rider Club wave, enjoy an exclusive OPQS wave start time joined by two to three OPQS riders, wear an OPQS team shirt, have access to the OPQS support vehicle during the event and access to the OPQS masseuse and mechanic during the ride.

James Robinson, IMG Challenger World Managing Director, said: “Etape Pennines has set itself apart from regular cycling events as the toughest in the UK and the most rewarding. We are honoured that a professional cycling team such as OPQS, which are held in such high regard among the cycling community, will come to Etape Pennines in October. We hope not only those who will ride in this exclusive wave, but all our 2,000 participants are inspired by their attendance. General places are still available via the website www.etapepennines.co.uk .”

Initial places to this exclusive club are limited to 150 and so early entry is advised. Visit www.(link).

Participants already signed up to the 2013 Etape Pennines who wish to upgrade to the exclusive OPQS Rider Club ride can email [email protected] or call +44 (0)20 8233 5900 (lines are open Monday to Thursday between 12.00 and 14.00)

Additionally, two further levels of team memberships are available for supporters to make significant individual contributions to the team. These packages include all the above Rider Club Package and the following;

Domestique Rider Supporter Package

• Hospitality at a Grand Tour Event

• Ride in OPQS Support Car during a Race Stage

• Full team cycle kit including team Helmet, jacket, shorts, tights, arm warmers, gloves and limited off bike kit

• First Right to Buy Team Bikes at end of year

• Coaching plan and training advise from a team coach The opportunity to purchase additional hospitality at a discount for major races and grand tours.

Champion Rider Support Package

• As with Rider and Domestique Rider Support Packages and;

• Team specification and issue road bike

• Invitation to attend the 2014 pre-season training camp for 2 days 3 nights and train with team riders and coaches

• Coaching plan and training advise from a team coach

• A personal team coordinator to manage your relationship

• The opportunity to purchase additional hospitality at a discount for major races and grand tours

• The opportunity to purchase additional supporter packages at Domestique and Champion levels at a discount

For more information on the Domestique and Champion packages please contact [email protected]

With strong links to Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Etape Series has also been instrumental in encouraging participants to raise well in excess of £1.5million over its seven year history. The money raised by participants will enable the charity to provide more free, hands-on nursing care to people with terminal illness either at home, or in one of the charity’s nine hospices, while giving their families emotional and practical support.

GENERAL ENTRIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE.

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