MORE than 50 cyclists will be taking on a ten-hour through-the-night challenge at Newport velodrome tonight to raise money for charity.

The event is being hosted by Paralympic cycling champion Simon Richardson and will see cyclists ride in teams for the full ten hours around the track to raise money for the Welsh AirAmbulance.

The aim is to clock up as many miles as possible, with the overall goal to break 10,000 miles collectively between events in Newport, Southampton and Manchester.

Mr Richardson, who won one silver and two gold medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008, was airlifted by Wales Air Ambulance after being knocked off his bike in August.

The ride starts at 10pm this evening and finishes at 8am tomorrow.