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Ride to honour 1870s Wenlock Olympics star

Dozens of cyclists are expected to travel from Coventry to Shropshire to remember an early Olympic competitor.

Much Wenlock in Shropshire hosted a precursor to the modern Olympic Games in the 19th Century.

Tom Sabin, from Allesley, Coventry, won a three-mile cycle race at the Wenlock Olympics in 1877 and 1878.

The memorial ride over more than 60 miles on Saturday and Sunday has been organised by Coventry Transport Museum.

London 2012 organisers recently unveiled cartoon animations named Wenlock and Mandeville as the mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Mandeville was named after the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire.

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