By Duncan Mackay

Brands Hatch hosted cycling during the London 2012 ParalympicsAugust 28 - Brands Hatch is to stage two special events to celebrate the fact that it staged the road cycling competition during the Paralympic Games last year. 

Winners at Brands Hatch during London 2012 included Italy's former formula one driver Alex Zanardi, Ireland's Mark Rohan, Britain's Sarah Storey and China's Sini Zeng.

Cyclothon UK will return to Brands Hatch for the third consecutive year on September 5, with both solo riders and teams taking part in the 12 hour endurance race on the Grand Prix circuit.

The event was devised by former England rugby international Victor Ubogu and has enlisted several colleagues and rivals to take part in the Cyclothon Home Nations Challenge Trophy, featuring teams from England, Scotland and Wales, 

"Since retiring from rugby I've enjoyed so many aspects of cycling - from a fun activity my whole family can enjoy, to a tough athletic challenge and a good social adventure having previously participated in charity trips to Egypt and Cuba," said Ubogu.

"Cyclothon was a chance for me to bring this challenge back home and give others the opportunity to raise funds, build a team and have a great day out in a safe track environment."

Sini Zeng of China on her way to winning Paralympic gold in the women's individual C1-3 road race at Brands Hatch last yearSini Zeng of China on her way to winning Paralympic gold in the women's individual C1-3 road race at Brands Hatch last year

Entries are closed but admission to the event, which starts at 7.30am, is free, with the podium presentations to take place at 7.30pm.

A charity event, meanwhile, will be open to the public September 13 at 5.15pm.

Cyclists will get the chance to sample the tough Brands Hatch circuit while raising money for Action for Children.

Individuals are encouraged to raise at least £50 ($76/€59) in sponsorship, with families to raise at least £100 ($155/€119). 

"The events will be a great family evening out, and will help make a life-changing difference to disadvantaged and neglected children, young people and their families," said Action for Children Fundraiser for Kent, Selena Goldsmith.

"It will be a fun, healthy way to raise vital funds for a great cause."

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