Many have been taking it easy over the festive period and the start of the new year, but a bunch of former Gloucester Rugby players have been doing the exact opposite by heading out on their bikes in all weathers to get in shape for a daunting charity challenge.
Mike Teague, Ian Smith, Greg Keyse, Phil Pritchard, Pete Jones and John Gadd will head off from Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on Thursday, February 10, as part of a 150-strong group of cyclists aiming to reach Cardiff’s Principality Stadium within 48 hours.
Their mission is twofold – to deliver the match ball in time for the Doddle Weir Cup fixture between Wales and Scotland in this year’s Six Nations tournament and to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Using a relay system, teams of cyclists will aim to cover that 515-mile distance in less than two days, with various rugby clubs en route providing feed stations, medical back-up and shower facilities, with Kingsholm Stadium being a stop off point on Friday 11th February.
The group of former players and their support team are also looking for any financial help towards the various costs of the trip such as support vehicle fuel. If you think you can help please contact them on [email protected].
Click here for more information about the ride.