92-year old Tommy Godwin, Olympic track cycling medallist in the 1948 London Games, starts MP's annual bike ride to Parliament

MPs ride with 1948 Olympian to plug Bike Week

Members of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group today rode three miles – in the rain – from the London Transport Museum to the House of Lords. Starting them off was Tommy Godwin, an Olympic tracking cycling medallist in the 1948 London Games.

The parliamentary bike ride is held the week before Bike Week. This year Bike Week is sponsored by Samsung.

Samsung, a Worldwide Olympic Partner, will donate £1 to charity for every mile cycled during Bike Week via the Samsung Hope Relay app.

Phillip Darnton, executive director of the Bicycle Association, one of the co-sponsors of Bike Week, said:

"Samsung Bike Week is a unique cycling event because it is as much for total novices as passionate cyclists. What’s more with the added incentive of being able to raise money for charity by taking part with the Samsung Hope Relay, we hope even more families and people who have never cycled before, as well as those who need an incentive to cycle to work, and of course seasoned cyclists, will get on their bikes this summer."

Andy Griffiths, managing director, Samsung UK & Ireland, said; “Samsung is delighted to sponsor Bike Week to encourage everyone to take part in cycling during the summer and we are looking forward to bringing cycling to the whole of the UK through the regional events which we are supporting. The chance to raise money for charity is an added incentive for cyclists and with the Samsung Hope Relay people can contribute to a charity by simply downloading an app, and then cycling a mile or more. We hope this will encourage even more cyclists to take part.”

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