to the left : 2 days of riding
~100 miles in total of equally spectacular, but slightly easier riding
All food, accommodation, transport, support and great sense of accomplishment included
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Jon has kindly ( naively ) taken
on the challenge of leading the organisation this year so expect to be hearing
from him soon with some further details. I'll be closely involved in the
background and between us, we'll make sure this year is yet another ride to
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For anyone fresh to the idea of the EFOD cycle challenge I thought
I'd try and give you a feel for why you should sign up and join in. First and
foremost, this isn't your everyday ride or sportive. In fact, it's pretty
unique. The order of events generally goes something like this . . .
We gather on the Friday afternoon in Cardiff, load bikes into
vans, then set of in a coach to the start location. Last year this was Lady
Bower Reservoir in the Peak District. Previous destinations have included
Snowdonia, the North Wales Coast, St David's in SW Wales and even Exmoor
National Park. Each designed to give around 200 miles of spectacular riding on
the way back.
Upon arrival that evening we enjoy some food, get to know fellow
riders and at some point, turn in for the night, either dreaming about or
restlessly anticipating the next day. After a hearty breakfast we then set off
on genuinely some of the most amazing routes you'll potentially ever ride.
Around 100 miles later you then arrive at the next overnight stop where
you are once again, fed, watered and given a bed for the night. Day two is then
usually another 100 miles to the final destination - Wales's capital - Cardiff.
On the ride as a whole, the views usually have to be earnt and the
distances are tough, but our excellent support crew ensure you're fed, watered
and in good spirits the whole way. The routes are marked, maps and GPS routes
provided and the support crew are always on hand if you still manage to get
lost. The 50-60 other riders range from serious enthusiasts to the occasional
commuter so irrelevant of your ability, you will likely have some company along
the way. If you do end up riding alone, we throw in plentiful snack and lunch
stops along the way where we each take our time, gather again and enjoy seeing
how others are getting before continuing on to the next stop.
Finally, if 200 miles simply sounds too far, we also offer a 2 x
50mile route option. You'll set off together with the whole group, then a
couple of times along the way you may end up taking slightly flatter and
shorter directions. Before the end of the full route there will then be a
shorter route end. Depending on how you're feeling, you can either carry on
through or jump in the minibus to catch a lift to the end.
Cycle Challenge 2018 Recap.
Funds Raised for EFOD - £ 17,101.62 - inc. Gift Aid
Last year, 61 of us rode 210 miles from Lady Bower Reservoir in
the Peak district, all the way to Cardiff. The route was a seriously tough one,
taking in some of the finest hills the Peak District, the Shrophire Hills and
the Brecon Beacons had to offer. The riders rose to the challenge though and
even with a 130 miles first day, excelled well beyond what most thought they
were capable of and made it one way or another to the finish for a well-earned
For anyone who finds it hard to believe 200 miles of cycling could
be an enjoyable experience, I thought it best to include some photos as
Some amazing fund raising efforts were made and I'd like to extend
special thanks to each of the following who raised over £ 250 each.
Andrew Chivers, Grace Stewart, Richard Bullet, Darren Shaw, Steven
Atkinson, Thomas Martin and Leanne Nicholas.
Not forgetting the support crew who were excellent as always and
with the help of Plan2Ride made last year potentially one of the smoothest
events we've done.
There were too many others who raised significant amounts, helped
out behind the scenes and chipped in along the way to mention, but thank you to
Spirit of EFOD Award
Finally (for now), we chose to introduce a new award last year for
the person who embraces the EFOD Cycle Challenge and epitomises the spirit of
the event. The event is organised and then handled by the support crew on a
voluntary basis with riders often lending a hand along the way. It is therefore
hugely rewarding for everyone involved to see someone pushing well beyond their
comfort zone with the unchangeable ambition of completing what they set out to
This year the award went to Jack Davies who, equipped with
his trusty commuter bike, set off with a look of determination on his face,
ground his way up every hill - there may have been some walking - and made his
way wearily through to the finish lines late into the evenings, but still
brandishing a big grin on his face. He remained unbroken and true to the spirit
of the challenge throughout. Congratulations!
We look forward to seeing who will rise to the challenge this
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