A crack team from champion UK brewers Tiny Rebel are preparing to get on their bikes and complete a gruelling 24-hour, non-stop charity cycling event in Newport.

Newport’s Tiny Rebel riders will compete in the Cyclone 24 event at the city’s Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales over the weekend of October 20-21.

Cyclone 24, the UK's only 24-hour velodrome challenge, sees 24 teams of six compete in relay over 24 hours from noon to noon.

Brewery team captain Brad Cummings said: “Team Tiny Rebel is raring to go and to get stuck into this latest challenge. We’re all very competitive here at Tiny Rebel so we’re entering Cyclone 24 with the objective of winning. We are solid supporters of wonderful St David’s Hospice Care. We organise and take part in the Tour de Gwent as well as the European 54321 cycling events.”

The cycling event, which is sponsored by branding and design agency Stills, has Newport-based St David’s Hospice Care as its nominated charity.

There are two Cyclone 24 cups up for grabs; the overall winner and the corporate cup

Event organiser and keen cyclist Steve Sulley, who is taking part in Cyclone 24, said: “This event has really grabbed people’s imagination and we have had entries from some fabulous teams. We have 21 teams signed up so we just have three more places to fill.

“The event is designed for riders of all abilities, from complete beginners to the more accomplished cyclist. However, to get you ready for riding on a course at 42 degree angle at a constant 18 mph and on a machine with no brakes, we advise on some practise in the run up to the challenge.

“For those new to the velodrome track we offer a complimentary induction session ahead of the challenge. Each rider must complete the minimum of an induction session or stage one accreditation ahead of the challenge in order to take part.

“On event day, we provide exclusive venue access, track bikes, helmets, electronic lap counters, mechanical support, physio support and complimentary sports massages, fully qualified track coaches and guidance, refreshments, snacks, free event photos, free parking, free entry for spectators and finishers medals.

“Cyclone 24 is a great opportunity, in particular, for businesses to enter teams and use training and the event itself for team building with work colleagues and also clients.”

Steve, from Newport, said he has a particular reason for adopting St David’s Hospice Care to support through the event.

“St David's Hospice Care were just so fantastic in the care that they gave to my late mum Janet in the two weeks before her recent passing at their marvellous in patient hospice in Malpas, Newport.”

Tania Ansell, of St David’s Hospice Care, said: “Cyclone 24 is a very well established and highly-regarded team relay cycling challenge event. We’re extremely pleased to have been selected as the nominated charity and to play our part in helping to deliver this prestigious event at the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome.

“It’s encouraging that so many teams have signed up for this niche event and to have Tiny Rebel on board and raring to compete in what is a really challenging event.”

Among other teams joining Tiny Rebel to compete in the Cyclone 24 event are: Newport Social Cycling, Wilmott Dixon, Llanmoor Homes, Media Wales, Cardiff Tri, Griffiths Private Wealth, Development Bank For Wales, UCY Cycling and HSBC.

The standard entry fee is £999 for a team of six.

Accredited riders and those who have previously participated in Cyclone24 do not need to attend a taster session.

For more details visit: wwwcyclone24.co.uk or call 029 2035 3940 or enquiries@cyclone24.co.uk .