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Cycling legend Mark Cavendish encourages British public to Ride with Heroes

Chris Hawes, Jamie Hull, Mark Cavendish and Lee Matthews - Britain's greatest ever sprint road cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta have reached out to the great British public to sign up to Hero Ride 2015 - Help for Heroes largest fundraising challenge - which will see over 2,000 cyclists raise over £1 million for injured servicemen and women. Hero Ride 2015 is a series of cycling challenges taking place in early June, with rides starting from the Help for Heroes Recovery Centres, as well as further afield from France and Scotland, before reaching the Grand Finale in Windsor on Sunday 21 June. For many of those who serve our country, their personal battles may only just be beginning. Data obtained by Help for Heroes shows that of the 220,560 troops that were sent to Afghanistan and Iraq since 2001, an estimated 75,000 men and women who served in recent conflicts may need our support for a variety of physical or psychological injuries. This is in addition to at least 42,000 partners or family members who may have been indirectly affected by these wars. Winner of 25 Tour De France stages, Cavendish is a Help for Heroes Patron and has taken part in the annual Hero Ride over the past couple of years. H4H Patron Mark Cavendish said, "The Hero Ride is an amazing opportunity to cycle alongside our injured men and women and to hear their inspirational stories. I've seen first-hand how Help for Heroes supports them and their families and in the future that support is going to be more important than ever. I'd urge anyone who has ever thought about doing something life-changing or challenging to sign-up and cycle alongside these amazing people." The funds raised by Hero Ride 2015 will help the charity continue to deliver direct, practical support to Servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries and illnesses through its national support network. Hero Ride 2015 will see organised rides leave from Help for Heroes Recovery Centres in Plymouth, Catterick, Colchester and Tidworth, which will join r at Tour De France - Windsor, United Kingdom - Friday 13th March 2015

Ceremonial start of Tour De France

William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and Catherine Middleton - Ceremonial start of Tour De France at Harewood House - Leeds, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th July 2014

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William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, Mark Cavendish, Kate Middleton and Catherine Middleton

Preparations for Tour De France Start

Atmosphere - Preperations are under way for The Ceremonial start of the Tour De France which is taking placeat Harewood House in Yorkshire - Liverpool, United Kingdom - Saturday 5th July 2014

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Picture - 1987 Tour de France winner... , Monday 11th June 2012

Tour De France - 1987 Tour de France winner Stephen Roche Monday 11th June 2012 signs copies of his book 'Born To Ride' at Easons Dundrum

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Picture - There were £10 million pounds... London, England, Thursday 15th April 2010

Thursday 15th April 2010 There were £10 million pounds worth of vintage race cars on display outside London's Alfred Dunhill club in Mayfair to launch the South African L'Omarins Rally. They included a 1932 Alfa 8c Monza, 1957 Ferrari Tour De France and a Jaguar C type London, England

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