The Foundation is delighted to announce that the Men of Harlech Bike Challenge will return in 2017.
The three-day event will see fans, beneficiaries, partners, staff and friends of the Foundation take on the heat of summer and ride from North to South Wales over a three-day period.
The ride will cover 190 miles from just north of Harlech to Cardiff City Stadium facing climbs of over 10,000 feet!
Last year ride saw 15 rider’s descend from North Wales, tackling steep climbs and taking in the breath taking scenery of the coastlines and hidden corners of the countryside whilst raising money to help tackle inequalities in Sport.
Family, friends, Foundation staff and Club staff provided a heroes welcome at the finish line for the riders who’d shared plenty of laughs and been through some painful hill climbs together.
This year’s event will target 50 riders to do just that all over again and for a great cause.
Foundation Director Gavin Hawkey expressed his enjoyable experience from last year’s event:
“The 2016 Men of Harlech Bike Challenge was a huge success, raising over £5,500 to help tackle inequalities in sports participation, encouraging more disabled people, women & girls, children from BME communities, and children living in poverty to take part in sport”.
“The money raised from this years challenge will be used to help the Foundation improve the outcomes for young people who are not in education or training (NEET) by supporting the delivery of interventions to address the problem.”
Cardiff has the highest percentage of young people not in education, employment or training of any local authority in Wales. Furthermore, the majority of young people who do not make a successful transition into education, employment or training live in the more deprived areas of the City.
The cost of not addressing the issue is not just economic, but there are also effects of unemployment, crime, health and well-being.
Club Ambassador Scott Young will once again be leading Men of Harlech riders in this colossal feat, adding: “I was privileged enough to take part in the first ever Men of Harlech Bike Challenge and the enjoyment factor and comradery from start to finish was top notch. If you’re looking for a reason to get fit and take part in a charity event, look no further.”
Tredz will once again be the Offical Bike Suppliers of the event, providing a first class service for each rider, offering massive discounts on bikes, kit and equipment.
Gavin Hawkey spoke on the partnership between the Foundation and Tredz:
“It’s great that Tredz have again agreed to be the Official Bike Suppliers for the event, their support and expertise throughout the build up and the ride itself is essential for the success of the event.”
Jamie Davies, South Wales area manager for Tredz added his thoughts on the upcoming challenge and the involvement of Tredz, adding: “I’m delighted that Tredz will one again be supporting the Foundation and the Men of Harlech Bike Challenge. It’s great to see the event grow and we feel privileged to be a part of that growth.”
For more information on the event, or If you would like to be involved in the 2017 Men of Harlech Bike Challenge, please visit www.menofharlechchallenge.co.uk.