After Covid-19 forced them off the roads in 2020, the Doddie’5 Ride is set to make a welcome return on Sunday 8 August.
Doddie Weir is one of rugby’s most recognisable personalities and in June 2017 the Scot revealed he was suffering from motor neuron disease (MND).
In November 2017, Doddie launched the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation which aims to raise funds to aid research into the causes of MND and investigate potential cures as well as making grants available to individuals suffering, to enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.
13 former Gloucester Rugby players are cycling the Doddie'5 Ride to raise money for the charity.
Malcolm Preedy, John Gadd, Ian Smith, Mike Teague, Marcus Hannaford, Derrick Morgan, Pete Jones, Phil Pritchard, Paul Williams, Greg Keyse, Neil Matthews, Mike Foyle and Dave Watling are all looking forward to the ride on Sunday.
Also cycling the course and representing Gloucestershire are Rich Limbrick, John Bowles (who is blind and will be cycling on a tandem), Ed Burcher, Gordon Townend, Matt Merrett and Matt Fear.
Former Gloucester Rugby flanker, Ian Smith, is looking forward to the ride.
"There's a group of former players who have been cycling for about six or seven years now. The last couple of years the group has widened and there are now a few former players and non players who are just regular cyclists.
"I think Mike Teague got contacted by a couple of former Harlequins who said they were going up to do this ride for Doddie and a couple of Scottish fellas contacted me so we decided to go up and see if we could raise a bit of money for the Doddie Foundation and MND.
"I think Doddie has done a fantastic job bringing this to people's attention in terms of the lack of funding and I think he's done a great job improving that so we're just going to see what we can do."
The more experienced cyclists will be riding the 90 mile course whilst the rest of the group will ride the 60 mile course on Sunday to raise money for the charity. You can support them by donating here.