Leading diabetes charity looking for people in Wales to get on their bike this spring
People in Wales are being asked to saddle up for a cycling challenge that will raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this spring.
The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout the 30 days of April. It is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear, while raising money for Diabetes UK’s work in funding life-saving research and making sure everyone living with the condition gets the care and support they need.
There are four virtual coast-to-coast distances to pick from, or you can even pick your own target. The set distances range from 150 miles through to 950 miles for more experienced cyclists, and you have the entire month of April to reach your chosen target. The aim is to challenge yourself – at your own pace – and pedal towards a stronger, healthier you.
Rachel Burr, National Director at Diabetes UK Cymru said “Cycling is a brilliant way to help you get fit and healthy, have fun and set yourself a challenge. Spring is here and, with the lighter evenings and warmer weather arriving soon, this challenge comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to saddle up and give it a try, making the most of Welsh landscapes.
“So, whether you’re a weekend warrior, whether take it a mile at a time, or if you like to feel the burn on the spin bike, choose a distance that suits you then complete it however and wherever you want. Your support can change lives.”
You can cycle the miles however you wish, by embracing the outdoors, staying home and using an exercise bike or a mix of the two.In Wales you could cycle from Holyhead to Cardiff Bay (250 miles) or you can select your own miles for instance in these well-loved cycle routes in Wales:
- Peregrine Path (alongside river Wye on the border between Wales and England)
- Clydach Gorge (Monmouthshire)
- Taff Trail (Cardiff to Brecon)
- Swansea Valley Trail
- Coast and Borderland Trail (Pembrokeshire)
- Mawddach Trail (Dolgellau)
- Gwydyr Trail (Snowdonia)
Those taking part will get their own fundraising profile page. From there, it will be possible to connect to our UK Wide Strava challenge, or you can track your progress manually if you prefer. You will be able to join a Facebook group where event ambassadors and challengers discuss their progress and share tips. There are fundraising incentives, too, with anyone raising £35 or more receiving a medal. Diabetes UK-branded caps and cycling jerseys will go to anyone raising £150 and £300 respectively.
To register for the UK Wide Cycle Ride, visit cycle.diabetes.org.uk. There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.