What are you doing?
We are cycling from Wrexham to Gibraltar from May 19th to June 2nd. We will be covering 1,400 miles over 13 days and completing over 60,000 feet of climb.
Simple! We are aiming to raise 15,000 for four charities; Hope House, Leonard Cheshire, Marie Curie and Crohn’s & Colitis.
Having cycled the length of Wales, the UK and France, it only seemed fair to cycle across Spain. Unfortunately, Spain on its own whilst a challenge, wouldn’t be sufficient for most of our supporters so the idea of cycling from Wrexham was hatched.
Despite popular opinion, this has nothing to do with Brexit!
How many people are doing the challenge?
We have 8 cyclists, Barry J or Red1 (leader on road) Mike, Med, Chris, Steve, Lee, Neil and I. We are supported by Bob (driver) and Barry (navigator).
How many challenges have you done?
This will be our fifth challenge. We started in 2008 cycling Hadrian’s wall, carrying all our own kit. Then in 2010 we cycled around wales in 8 days. In 2013 we cycled Land’s End to John O’Groats and then in 2015 we cycled from Wrexham to Monte Carlo.
With the support of friends, colleagues and family, we have raised funds in excess £30,000. This has gone towards supporting the vital work of Hope House, Sparks, Leonard Cheshire and BloodWise.
Does all the money you raise go to Charity?
We are fortunate to be able to pay for our food and accommodation ourselves. We are lucky to have a group of corporate sponsors who sponsor items such as the mini bus, the ferry crossing and the hoodies.
Everything we raise from individuals or via our web page goes straight to the good causes we are supporting.
What route will you be taking?
What hurts most?
The obvious answer is ‘the bum’. Even after hundreds of miles of training to ‘toughen up’ the posterior this is still the area of the body that takes the biggest beating. After that it’s knees, ankles and wrists.
Thankfully years of experience have taught us how to deal with all these inconveniences.
Creams pre and post ride are vital. I won’t go into any detail in case you are eating.
How do you get you re-supplied?
Through one of our corporate sponsors we hire a mini bus. The bus is a 17 seater which we modify for the challenge by removing the back three rows of seats and build a platform to sit the bikes on.
During the ride we meet the bus on route every 20 miles or 90 minutes, whichever comes first, to stock up on water and food. The van also carries spare equipment, emergency kit and a defibrillator.
Barry and Bob will select meeting points where we can safely get off the road.
Obviously these are just a short selection of questions, if you have any other questions that you would like answers to please feel free to ask.
The reluctant cyclist 🚴♀️
Wrexham to Gibraltar Charity Cycle Ride