Cyclists take on epic pan-Europe challenge

Cyclists from The 100 Project, based in Cheltenham, are cycling 1,400K to Berlin over eight days, raising funds for cancer support charities including CLIC Sargent.

Cyclists take on epic pan-Europe challenge

Hywel and Owen are keen cyclists undertaking a phenomenal European cycle. The route will take the pair from Café Moochoo in Cheltenham to Folkestone, Calais, Dunkirk, Antwerp, Eindhoven, Dortmund, Hamelin, Flechtingen, and finally to the Standert Bicycles café in Berlin.

With a small support team following in a vehicle carrying kit and spares, Hywel and Owen will be in the saddle for upwards of six hours a day.

Hywel said: “Our longest day in terms of distance is the last day, when we’ll be covering the 185K from Flechtingen to Berlin.

“The shortest day is a mere 100K, from Antwerp to Eindhoven, so I’m sure Owen would agree that we’re both looking forward to that day.”

The highlight of the trip will be meeting the Standert Cycling Team for the final stretch into Berlin. Owen said: “Team Standert is a group of very serious cyclists, so we’re hoping they’ll go easy on us for the last few miles.

“No doubt we’ll be tired by then, but I’m sure we’ll be in good spirits as we arrive in Berlin.”

Help needed

Usually the pair covers the costs of their fundraising efforts themselves, but due to the scale of this challenge, they are looking for businesses to help.

Hywel, who is the co-founder of The 100 Project, explains how they intend to manage the financial resources of the ride: “We’re hoping that businesses will help us with things like accommodation and the support vehicle, and that friends, family, and individuals will donate directly to The 100 Project.

“Our intention is that our expenses will be kept to an absolute minimum to ensure that the charities will benefit as much as possible.”

Businesses have already stepped forward to help with some of the out-of-pocket expenses, such as hotel rooms, but if you know of business that would like to support The 100 Project by helping to provide backing for resources, please contact hywel.jenkins@the100project.net for more information.

Find out more

To find out how you can organise your own event for CLIC Sargent, please contact CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Caroline Marshall on 0117 311 2655 or email: caroline.marshall@clicsargent.org.uk.

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