Calling all cyclists for the Canal 200 Cycle charity ride

Organised
as part of the celebrations for Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal’s 200th
Anniversary, 200 cyclists are being encouraged to enter in teams of up to four
for the Canal 200 Cycle Ride on Saturday 19 May a charity fun ride, which is
supported by Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s Collobor8 programme.

 

Organisers
from Green Dragon Events hope the event will encourage 200 cyclists, in groups
of four, wheeling along the historic waterway and using their pedal power to
raise funds for Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, a registered charity serving Mid
and South Wales.

 

Riders
participating in the Canal 200 Cycle Ride are able to pedal from Newport,
Gilwern (both £25 sponsorship per person) or join the family ride from
Talybont-on-Usk (£10 sponsorship per person) on a journey along the scenic
waterway to Brecon’s Canal Basin.

 

The
event incorporates a stop for a bun, beer and banana at The Coach & Horses
in Llangynidr, as well as a BBQ provided by Cammarch Valley Butchers at Brecon
Canal Basin when the ride is over. There will also be surprise spot prizes for
cyclists, including two Macpac hydration back packs and one Macpac backpack
courtesy of Green Dragon Activities, as well as a bicycle cleaning kit from
Cycle-Tec, a Builth Wells Cycles Shop.

 

Event
organiser Tony Bain, of Green Dragon Activities, said he felt it was important
to support Brecon Mountain Rescue Team, whose annual running costs of more than
£30,000 are funded through donations.

 

He
said: “This is a fantastic event that the whole family can get involved in
which supports a really worthwhile cause.  Brecon Mountain Rescue Team are
a fantastic organisation on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather,
all year round.  Although £25 could be considered a little too much in
these times, we felt it is a small price to pay to such an unsung charity –
especially when they have saved so many lives in this area.  I think if
one of your friends or family members was injured on a mountainside, £25 seems
insignificant for someone to come and rescue you.   I think if we all
thought about it we’d pay a whole lot more for help in that situation.”

 

Brecon
Mountain Rescue Team member Kevin Harding said: “All our members are volunteers
and come from all walks of life. But when the call comes, no matter what the
time and weather conditions, they never let us down.

 

“We
also do a lot of our own fundraising, but with members already devoting so much
time to call-outs and training they’re under more pressure than ever before.
That’s why we really depend upon people who fundraise on our behalf. Events
like the Canal 200 Cycle Ride fundraising for our cause are a great help to our
unit. With 200 people entering the event Brecon Mountain Rescue Team will
benefit in the region of £3,000. This means we can carry on helping people, something
that we are well trained and take great pride in doing.”

 

Carol
Williams, Tourism Growth Area Project Officer for Brecon Beacons National Park
Authority, said: “The Cycle 200 ride is a great way to mark the 200th
anniversary of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, one of the longest and
most beautiful cycle routes in the region.

 

“Not
only is this a great event, it’s also for a really good cause as it supports
the Brecon Mountain Rescue Team – a charity whose work is vital to this region.
It would be great to see 200 riders showing their support for this worthwhile
cause.”

Online entries for the Canal 200 Cycle Ride close on Wednesday, May 16, but
contact Green Dragon Activities after this date if you still want to take part.
For further details of the Canal 200 Cycle Ride or sponsor forms call 01591
610508 or visit www.greendragonactivities.co.uk.

 

 

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