It's been an incredible 12 months for young track cyclists, Elinor Barker. Continuing on from her successful junior career, Elinor has gone on to win gold at the Rio Olympics and, more recently, take home the gold at the Hong Kong Track Cycling World Championships.

To celebrate her successes, Elinor Barker has decided to launch the Hearing Dogs sportive which will take place on Sunday, July 9th. The event will be one of the most scenic in the UK, touring the very best of the Buckinghamshire Chiltern Hills and surrounding countryside with a choice of beautiful 50, 80 or 100-mile routes all starting and finishing at the charity's headquarters.

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"I have always been a dog-lover and I was incredibly touched to learn just how much these very special hearing dogs change the lives of deaf people." - Elinor Barker

Hearing Dogs for Deaf People has created over 2,000 life-changing partnerships in the charity's 35-year history. There are currently nearly 1,000 hearing dogs in the UK reducing the loneliness, isolation, anxiety, stress and often depression that people with hearing loss experience through their unique combination of practical help in becoming the 'ears' of their recipient and the very special companionship they provide.

Elinor goes on to say, "I am so proud to be launching and supporting the Hearing Dogs Sportive - a challenging, but inspirational ride, which will help increase awareness around the devastating effects of deafness and raise funds so that more hearing dogs can be trained and partnered with people whose life they will completely transform."

The event features clearly marked routes, mechanical assistance, a sweeper wagon, first aid, feed stations, electronic timing for all riders as well as start/finish refreshments and BBQ. For more information and to register, head over to their website here.

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