On Saturday 7th September 2019 Jens Voigt will return for the seventh running of the "Shut Up Legs" charity ride in aid of the Epilepsy Society.
Following the success of the last six years that have raised over £32,000 Jens has agreed with ride organizer Stuart Grace (GA Cycles) to return to the picturesque New Forest to do the event again.
Ride organizer and local fundraiser Stuart is the father of Amy, who has suffered with Epilepsy, ADHD and learning disabilities for over 21 years.
Throughout their long-standing friendship with Jens, Stuart and Amy have received incredibly generous support. After last years event Jens said "After a great start to our charity event in 2013 we want this to happen again, and with Amy raise money for the charities we're helping this year."
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Well, we've done it again. It has come round quick this year, but we're delighted to say that on the 8th September for the sixth time in a row we've successfully completed another charity ride in aid of the Epilepsy Society and Canine Partners charities.
We were also delighted to have special guest accompany us this year, introducing six time world champion Marion Clignet, herself an epilepsy sufferer, what an honour to have her ride with us and take part in not only this amazing event, but special event.
We're thrilled to announce that we raised £8,000 for these two charities. The event this year was kept to a minimum, with around 120 starters. Once again many thanks for supporting the Epilepsy Society and Canine Partners without your help we cannot help those worse off than ourselves.
What Jens Had to Say
"And here is the official pic. On the left is Marion Clignet, former pro bikerider and 6times Worldchampion and a simply cool person. Then my friend Stuart Grace and his daughter Amy. She is the reason why we do this charity ride. And i am on the right side of the pic. We succesfully raised 8000,-£ for our 2 charity partners. The Epilepsy Society in the UK and Canine Partners. They train dogs to help other people, for example people in a wheelchair. We had about 120 starters, we keep it small and family like. I just wanna send out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped us, from the volunteers to our riders and everyone involved. And Stuart- without you my friend all this would be impossible. Thank you Stuart."
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In 2017 Jens spent roughly 200 days away from his wife and family in Berlin working for Trek, Trek Travel and Fitbit to name a few.
His year started with his own personal challenge to try and run seven marathons in seven day in January 2018, unfortunately a bacterial infection occurred after his fourth attempt and he had to quit on medical grounds. Not one to be defeated and with the help of friends he arrived each day at the start to encourage the other runners that would take his place to complete the remaining three runs.
Soon Jens was in the plane to Australia to commentate on the Tour down Under, an event in the past he has been a participant and has done well. More trips abroad were in the pipeline and soon after returning from Australia he was in India, and the USA. Another trip to Australia saw him as a rider in the Tour de Cure, this was the fourth time he had been to help bring awareness of cancer something he feels very strong about. This years event raised $2.7 million and Jens hopes to ride at least six more.
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"Shut Up Legs! Is the way all superstar sportives should be; intimate, equal, leisurely and conversational. 50 miles at Saturday club run pace through
the pretty tourist villages of Sway and Burley saw the ride winding its way over heath and through meandering and ponies."
~ David Harmonn
"I did wonder if anyone would think the £100 I was asking for would be too much and people wouldn’t come.
I’ve spent most of my adult life raising money for charity, my daughter suffers from epilepsy and learning difficulties and I’ve worked so hard to make this happen to raise money to help others like her"
~ Stuart Grace
"There are short sharp hills to test the mettle but the big draw is the scenery and the tremendous state of the roads. Certainly, compared to those of the Ladies of the Lakes and
Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford or even my home county of Shropshire, the roads that played host the Shut Up Legs! are the deep, shag pile carpet of the sportive world."
~ David Harmon