This afternoon, forty riders about to embark on a cycling challenge of a life time are Boston bound. The team of cycling enthusiasts, charity supporters and staff, as well as a host of ex rugby players are just one sleep away from starting their gruelling Velindre East Coast Bike Challenge.
Velindre Cancer Centre is a charity that provides specialist cancer services to over one and a half million people in South East Wales and beyond. They are one of the largest cancer centres in the UK and each year over five thousand new referrals and around fifty thousand new outpatient appointments are seen.
Given the amazing work that Velindre do, it is no wonder that a small army of challengers (including several famous faces) sign up to complete their various physically enduring events time and time again.
Following the success of the California Bike Rides last September, rugby legend Jonathan Davies MBE has decided to don his cycling shorts again for a new adventure. Accompanying Jonathan on the ride again this year will be Wales Centurion and British Lions star Martyn Williams as well as former Wales Captain and British Lion Mike Hall. Together with Andy Moore, Huw Bennett and Huw Williams Jones, there are 6 former Welsh players accepting the challenge. In addition to the rugby riders, around forty other Velindre supporters will be pedal pushing with them over the next five days.
“The California Bike Ride was supposed to be a one-off; I was celebrating a special birthday and wanted to use the occasion to raise funds for Velindre, where I’m President. I led the bike ride along with and Martyn Williams and Mike Hall, and we ended up with over fifty riders" Jonathan Davies said.
About The Ride:
The ride will start tomorrow in Boston, the capital of New England and will travel along the Atlantic coast until, in five days’ time, the ride will finish with the riders crossing the iconic Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
We’ll be following their progress via photos, stories and anecdotes all week, so stay tuned!