Eleven biking enthusiasts from Newtown, Powys are preparing to ride around the country on bright pink mopeds in an effort to raise £10,000 for Cancer Research Wales.
Riders Hywel Thomas, Mike Jones, Nigel Whittington, Steve Morrell, John Jarman, Gary Williams, Chris Woolnough, Simon Evans, John Wilde, Graham Jones and Llew Whittington – the oldest at 76 years – will take to their old 49cc Honda Vision Mopeds painted in pink livery for the eight day journey. The team will be joined by Rhodri Thomas in the support vehicle.
Choosing a charity close to their hearts, the Newtown friends will set off on their 1,000 mile trek from home on Saturday May 17. Following Offa’s Dyke South the intrepid team will then route around the South and West Wales coastlines, taking in Chepstow, Newport, Cardiff, Swansea, Pembroke, Carmarthen, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Pwllheli, Caernarfon, Bangor, Anglesey, Conway, and Llangollen – returning to Newtown a week later.
The group took the decision to fundraise for Cancer Research Wales as every member has experienced the devastation that cancer can cause.
Hywel said: “All the riders have been impacted by cancer, either personally or knowing friends or family who are currently suffering or who have, sadly, died from the disease.
“The inspiration for the ride came when Mike wanted to do something in memory of his friend, Clive Smout, who passed away from cancer, and it was then that the Cancer Research Wales Moped Challenge was born.
“The idea of riding pink mopeds came from seeing French motorcyclists at Pegasus Bridge in Ouistreham riding Peugeot Mobylettes and drawing the attention of crowds. We’re hoping people will see us and support the cause.”
The committed team will be paying all their own costs including that of the mopeds and all money raised will go directly to Cancer Research Wales.
Our Fundraising Manager, Laura Priddle, said: “Hywel, Mike, and the team have put a lot of effort into organising this ride and doing their mopeds up and we really appreciate it. They’ll definitely stand out and I have no doubt the passers-by will be cheering them on all the way.
“All the money raised by the team will go towards funding crucial research projects carried out the charity including a current study aiming to identify some of the key causes of delays in cancer diagnosis and treatment which in turn affects the survival rates for cancer patients in Wales.
“We wish the guys the best of luck.”
To show your support for the Cancer Research Wales Moped Challenge visit www.facebook.com/cancerwalesmopedchallenge or www.justgiving.com/cancerwalesmopedchallenge. Supporters can also follow the event as it unfolds on Twitter.
Day One: Newtown to Newport following Offa’s Dyke, via Tinton Abbey.
Day Two: Newport to Cardiff Bay, and to Swansea via Barry.
Day Three: Swansea to Carmarthen via the Gower
Day Four: Camarthen to Broad Haven via St Clears taking in the Pembrokeshire Coastline
Day Five: Broad Haven to Aberystwyth
Day Six: Aberystwyth to Bangor around the Lleyn Peninsular.
Day Seven: The Tour of Anglesey and possibly a tour of Snowdonia via Beddgelert and Llanberis pass.
Day Eight: The Grand Finale, The North Wales Coast to Ruthin, then home via Llangollen to Newtown.