Cyclist celebrating 75th birthday aims to raise £5,000 for Shelter Cymru by riding 1,000km

Cyclist celebrating 75th birthday aims to raise £5,000 for Shelter Cymru by riding 1,000km-

Peter will be cycling 1,000km

Forget birthday cards and cake. Peter Munt-Davies won’t be celebrating his 75th birthday in the usual way. He’ll be cycling 1,000km to support Shelter Cymru.

Peter, whose niece works for the people and homes charity, is aiming to raise £5,000 by cycling from Seville to Santiago de Compostela in western Spain, including 10,000m of ascent.

“Hopefully, I’ll compete the route in 18 days,” said Peter, who is originally from Pembrokeshire and currently lives in Cádiz, Andalusia.

Peter has always been a keen cyclist and once cycled across Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City to raise money for an addiction support charity.

“I’ve ridden bikes for most of my life,” he said. “In my opinion, Pembrokeshire is one of the best places you can find to cycle, but I am biased!”

Peter, who used to work as an Assistant Warden in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, will leave Seville on Tuesday 2 April and pedal along the Camino de Santiago – a traditional pilgrimage route.

Peter with his bike

Peter with his bike

He’s been preparing by getting out on his bike as much as possible and practicing with a GPS. He’ll be looking out for shell waymarks along the trail to make sure he’s on the right Via de la Plata route.

Peter said: “Once I’ve navigated my way out of an extremely confusing Sevilla, I’m looking forward to quiet roads and continuously changing scenery. I love the movement on a bike.”

He’s expecting the uphill stretches to be the most difficult element of his ride, adding: “1,000km is challenging enough, but add to that 10,000m of ascent.”

The retired teacher, who is also trained in acupuncture, is anticipating riding solo and staying in a different hostel every night to be a challenge and is also hoping for good weather, with no headwinds or rain.

He’ll be cycling up to 100km a day, with just three rest days planned for his three-week ride. The biggest climb he’ll face is 1,500m in a single day, but he’s excited for the downhill stretches.

He's looking forward to cycling on quiet roads

He’s looking forward to cycling on quiet roads

Peter said he’s most looking forward to arriving at the finishing line in the main square by Santiago de Compostela cathedral, where his wife Anne will be part of the welcoming party.

“I’m taking on this challenge for a variety of reasons,” he explained. “The two main ones are to celebrate my 75th birthday and to raise money. Shelter Cymru do such good work, I’d find it hard to think of another more deserving charity.”

Dad-of-one Peter is uncle to Krista Robinson, who works as Senior Solicitor within the Housing Services team. She has been working with Shelter Cymru for more than 20 years and said his choice of charity was “very close to my heart”.

Peter in Spain

Peter in Spain

Krista described his challenge as “amazing”, adding: “I can’t tell you how proud we all are of Pete. He’s always fun, entertaining and one for adventures, but he’s surpassed himself this time!

“What an incredible challenge. Best of luck in your adventure, Pete, and thank you for raising money for Shelter Cymru.”

Peter is aiming to raise £5,000 to help people facing and experiencing homelessness. Last year, Shelter Cymru helped more than 22,000 people in housing need in Wales.

Visit Peter’s Just Giving page to make a donation. 

27 March 2024

By Liz Day