The Wales Team have thrown their support behind Shelter Cymru’s Ride to the Rugby Challenge for 2015. Internationals Luke Charteris and Dan Lydiate took time out from training for the Autumn Series to meet some of the cyclists.
In February 2014, 35 cyclists raised £50,000 for Shelter Cymru by cycling between the Millennium Stadium and the Aviva Stadium.
Once again Ride to the Rugby Team Captain is Wales and British Lions forward Colin Charvis and riders will also be joined by another former Wales International and Grand Slam winner Haldane Luscombe. Colin and Haldane will be leading a party of nearly 70 cyclists across to France.
Ride to the Rugby Team Captain Colin Charvis said:
“This season’s event promises to be bigger and better than last, and what an adventure that was! I’m proud to be associated with Shelter Cymru once more. Hopefully the team can raise vital funds for the organisation whilst enjoying the journey and ultimately the match. Paris here we come.”
Wales second row Luke Charteris said:
“The 6 Nations is a very special competition and takes on even more significance in World Cup year. The cyclists went through some very tough conditions to get to Ireland last year and the whole squad is appreciative of their efforts to get to the game in France. We will be going all out to make sure they see a Welsh win. At the same time to be raising so much money to help families across Wales find and keep a home, Shelter Cymru is a charity we are proud to support.”
Andrew Jones, Shelter Cymru’s Fundraising Manager, said:
“Demand for our services continues to increase at a time when funding is ever more difficult to secure. Ride to the Rugby has captured the imagination and brought Shelter Cymru to a new audience. Getting everyone to Paris will be a great adventure but after the success of Dublin something we are all very much looking forward to.”
Sam Seward, Managing Director of Gullivers Sports Travel, said:
“Shelter Cymru helps vulnerable people in crisis and at Gullivers we are delighted to be supporting this valuable and hugely worthwhile cause. As Official Travel Supplier to the Welsh Rugby Union, we’re looking forward to coming together with thousands of our customers and other rugby fans to welcome the cyclists at the Stade de France.”
The Ride to the Rugby is a challenging four day cycle ride between Cardiff and Paris, arriving in time for kick off for France v Wales at the Stade de France. In potentially difficult weather conditions cyclists will complete nearly 300 miles and have been asked to raise as much money as possible for Shelter Cymru with a minimum target of £1,500.
Shelter Cymru is very grateful to the companies that are supporting the event and in particular Nation Radio, which will be providing on air updates throughout the Challenge, Gulliver’s Sports Travel for assisting with logistics in France, and Creigiau Travel, which will be providing daily support and bringing the cyclists home.