Day 2: East Coast Bike Challenge



The riders had an early start for one of their longest (but we've been informed also one of the prettiest) days in the saddle today.

Heading towards Rhode Island they followed the coastal road in Plymouth, before heading inland. The sights from the saddle oozed typical ‘New England’ style with picturesque tree lined leafy roads along the way.

At lunch time they arrived in Providence, the capital of Rhode Island for a well-earned rest and re-fuel. 

From here they followed some busier city roads before heading onto a more scenic route which offered riders acres of scrub and forest viewing.

Now safely across the line of the second leg of their journey, they've stopped for the night in the small summer beach town of Narrangansett, known locally as ‘Gansett’ and have settled down for a well-deserved drink.

Jonathan Davies & Martyn Williams setting the pace

Jonathan Davies MBE who is one of the challengers on the East Coast Bike Challenge has been involved with Velindre Cancer Centre for over 6 years, firstly as a Patron and for the last 5 years as President. Velindre say that his contribution has been truly remarkable, overseeing and driving massive expansion in terms of Velindre’s fundraising income and profile. 

Last September Jonathan led the Velindre Captains California Bike Ride with over 50 cyclists including Martyn Williams, Tom Shanklin, Rhys Williams, Mike Hall and Andy Moore, as they completed a gruelling journey from Yosemite to San Francisco.

“People don't appreciate the work Velindre does until the unfortunate time comes and you need it, then you realise how good a place it is and how hard people work there. They are amazing," says Jonathan.

Upon finishing today's longest leg of their journey Jonathan tweeted that 'We all hope to raise near £500,000 for @Velindre on this bike ride. Pleas help and donate '.

Former Wales hooker Huw Bennett who has recently been appointed as Wales assistant strength and conditioning coach is also taking part in the ride. "Cancer has affected most people in one way or another. I have lost many family members and currently have family and friends receiving treatment. Therefore I am honoured to be able to help to raise funds to support cancer patients at Velndre Cancer Centre", said Huw.

The East Coast Challenge is raising money for Velindre's Victory Over Cancer campaign. “Every pound that is raised will be used to help in our battle to achieve the ultimate goal. Every event, every function no matter how big or small, will be a celebration as anything that helps defy cancer will contribute towards our aim of Victory over Cancer", said head of fundraising Andrew Morris who is also in the saddle this week.

"We know that facing up to, and dealing with cancer is one of the biggest challenges that anyone can face; it affects everyone – family, friends, work colleagues and ultimately how you live your life, we know it can be a very frightening time. At Velindre we strive to provide support to cancer patients and their families through this difficult period, and our specially trained and highly committed staff strive every day to make this time as comfortable as possible,” added Andrew.

Essential bike maintenance of just a selfie? 

Riders enjoying a well-deserved rest after day 1. Photo courtesy of Shaine Napper.

Team talk before departure on day one. Photo courtesy of Shaine Napper.

 Victory Over Cancer team photo. Photo courtesy of Shaine Napper.

Riders taking in the coastal scenery. Photo courtesy of Shaine Napper.

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