A group of Welsh rally stars are planning to cycle from Holyhead to Cardiff to raise money for Spinal Injuries Research and the Wales Air Ambulance.
Tackling the six-day cycle are British rally champions Mark Higgins and Gwyndaf Evans, world rally co-drivers Nicky Grist, Phil Mills and Phil Pugh, Welsh drivers Stuart Jones and Ken Pugh, and co-drivers Darren Garrod, Carl Jones, Huw Lewis, Mark Lewis and Aled Loveluck.
The rally crews will be joined on their escapade by Geraint Lloyd from BBC Radio Cymru
and Emyr Penlan of the S4C Ralio
programme. The 244-mile Lon Las Cymru route they are tackling will take them across three mountain ranges on what is described as the 'ultimate cycle tour of Wales.'
“Between us we have completed thousands of rally miles,” said Higgins. “But most of our cycling is done in a gym or to keep fit on local roads, not over mountain ranges and certainly not with so many rally competitors alongside – it's bound to get a bit competitive over the mountains at times!
“But the main aim will be to raise as much money we can for the two charities. Everyone involved in motorsport knows how important it is to keep these charities funded, so it's very important to us to raise as much cash as we can.
“We already have backing from one of the biggest fuel suppliers in the UK, Greenergy, which is a fantastic start. They are also involved in rallying so it's great to have them on board.
“If you would like to sponsor us, we have set up a Just Giving web page where everyone can. To access it, please visit www.wrc-brc.co.uk
– and thanks in advance to anyone who does so. It's really appreciated by all of us. The more money we know we are making for charity, the easier the cycle will be!”
With it costing almost £5,000,000 a year to run the Wales Air Ambulance service, charity trustee Mark James added: “The rallying community in Wales has always supported us and we're hugely grateful to the riders for doing this for us. A recent incident on the Welsh Rally, which resulted in the use of two of Wales' three Air Ambulances highlights the close relationship we have with rallying.”
Welsh Motor Cub members meanwhile are invited to raise sponsorship and join the cyclists along part of their route of their choice. In return the merry band of cyclists will offer a prize to the motor club which raises the most money.
“I hope that members of Welsh motor clubs will support us by joining in along the route,” continued organiser Mark Lewis who is not expecting this to be a one off event. “In time, I'd love it if the ride became an annual affair, but for now I'll be more than happy if we can raise awareness and money for our two chosen charities.”
The “WRC-BRC” (“Wales Rally Cyclists – Beicwyr Rali Cymru”) adventure begins from Holyhead on 29 June, and finishes in Cardiff on 4 July.
For more information visit www.wrc-brc.co.uk