14th – 19th March 2023
Cardiff to Paris
Ride to the Rugby is the definition of team work, camaraderie and blood, sweat and tears! Being part of a group of 50 riders where you’ll all share the same experience cycling 217 miles in brave conditions all while fundraising will really make a difference to a Tŷ Hafan family – this will be a memory that will stay with you forever. The event is slightly different to previous years where all the riding will now take place in France, which allows us to explore more of the country which has always been the favourite part of all riders who have experienced the event previously.
You will depart on Tuesday 14 March from the Principality Stadium via coach to Calais. Wednesday, you’ll wake up, have some breakfast in the accommodation and begin with 77 miles of cycling from Calais to Arras with a 1,000 feet elevation gain. Cycling through Northern France, you will immediately start to enjoy the French Countryside. You will cycle close to the Belgium border and will quickly start to recognise place names from history books. You’ll end your day in Arras arriving via Vimy Ridge.
It’s now day 2 of your cycling challenge and you are probably starting to have aches and pains but that won’t stop you completing 60 miles with a 1,400 feet elevation gain from Arras to Amiens. You’ll cycle through the Somme region of France and will be joined by a local historian where as a group, we will pay our respects to Welsh International Rugby players who made the ultimate sacrifice, during the great war, including Johnnie Williams a triple Grand Slam winner and British Lion
It’s day 3 and you’ve nearly completed the challenge, however you still have 80 miles of cycling with a 2,000 feet elevation gain from Amiens to Paris! With the finish in sight and the support of our team captains and support team, you’ll no doubt make it with smiles and some tears. As you head into Paris, you will conclude the final leg by cycling around the Arc de Triomphe, an incredible feeling this is
You’ll wake up on Saturday with a great sense of achievement and will fill yourself up with food before heading into Paris with some free time to spare before watching the game in the Stadium. Once Wales win… which we will of course, you’ll have the rest of the day/evening to enjoy the bars/restaurants in Paris before kipping down for the night ready to depart on the Sunday back to Cardiff…via coach of course!
The conditions may be cold but that makes this challenge all the more exciting! If you’re interested to find out more then email firstname.lastname@example.org or if you’re ready to commit to this event then please click the ‘take part’ link below.
“I never even owned a bike before this challenge, now I’m pro” – Lisa Williams
“At times I felt like stopping, but then I remembered why I started and who I was doing it for” – Ride to the Rugby 2019 participant
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