700 MILES AROUND WALES The Great Rugby Cycle 2022

The Inaugural Great Rugby Cycle 2019 covered 1133 miles in March 2019 from John O’Groats to Land’s End, the second Great Rugby Cycle 2021 covered over 1000 miles in 10 days round Ireland.

The Great Rugby Cycle 2022 will cover over 700 miles in clockwise direction around Wales in 8 days, taking in some of the finest scenery (& Hills) Wales has to offer. The peloton will be joined along the route by some rugby legends helping to raise awareness and funds for the My Name’s Doddie Foundation.

700 Miles Around Wales The Highlights – Wales 2022…

  • Strava route taking some of the most picturesque scenery Wales has to offer.
  • Fully supported ride with lead support riders.
  • Full nutritional support on the ride and mechanical assistance. Planned daily stops with ‘fuel at every stop.
  • Cycle with and get to know some legends from the world of rugby.

Doddie Weir, the former Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby player, revealed he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease in 2016. From the outset, Doddie has been driven to help fellow sufferers and seek ways to further research into this, yet, incurable disease.

The vast majority of the funds raised by My Name’s Doddie Foundation is invested into Motor Neuron Disease (MND) research.

“My attitude is that you should do what you can today and worry about tomorrow when it comes. This is the card I’ve been dealt so I’ve just got to crack on.”

Doddie wants to help those touched by MND – be it fellow sufferers or their families having to deal with the daily consequences – with basic and practical relief, whether that be to help with mobility and transport needs, with care and respite, or access and basic living requirements.

At the 2019 Sports personality of the year awards, Doddie received the Helen Rollason Award.

The Itinerary...

Thursday 15th September
Arrive from 3pm onwards at The Village Hotel. Check in, meet the group and receive your event briefing before dinner.

Friday 16th September – Cardiff to Llanelli 94 miles
Leaving from the Principality stadium the group heads south through Cardiff towards, Penarth and Barry, then follows the coast north through Port Talbot and Swansea. Taking in the scenic route the peloton cycles past Swansea Bay, west towards Rossilli beach before heading Northeast, crossing the River Lougher into Llanelli.

Saturday 17th September – Llanelli to Pembroke 87 miles
Day 2 leaves from the home of the Scarlets, Parc y Scarlets and heads along the coast before cutting through the middle of Pembrey forest and continues through Kidwelly before the ‘gentle’ climb up to Carmarthen. The peloton then heads past St Clears Castle and South through Laugharne as it follows the coast through Tenby, Jameston and Stackpole as it continues West through Freshwater West before heading East into Pembroke.

Sunday 18th September – Pembroke to Aberystwyth 103 miles
The third day is the longest in miles and the highest in elevation gain of the challenge. The peloton heads North out of Pembroke, and heads through Milford Haven, Herbrandston and up past Fishguard where the ferry to Rosslare leaves from. The ride then follows the coast and ventures inland as a lumpy ‘few’ miles take the group through Aberporth, Aberaeron, Llanrhystud and before arriving at Aberystwyth.

Monday 19th September – Aberystwyth to Caernarfon 98 miles
A relatively ‘flat’ day starts with a gentle climb up to Machynlleth before descending down to Aberdyfi then we follow the coast crossing the Barmouth bridge into Barmouth. We then continue North past Harlech Castle, crossing at the Cob into Porthmadog for a coffee stop. The group heads West until reaching Y Ffor and then head North through Llanaelhaearn and then resting up in the Royal town of Caernarfon.

Tuesday 20th September – Caernarfon to Llandudno 96 miles
As the crow flies it is only 31 miles to Llandudno, however the peloton will travel round the Isle of Anglesey county, passing through Holyhead, Llanfachraeth, before stopping off at the Bull Bay golf club, before heading round the coast towards Bangor and onwards through Llanfairfechan before arriving at Llandudno.

Wednesday 21st September – Llandudno to Oswestry 78 miles
Leaving from the coastal town of Llandudno the peloton follows the coast through Colwyn Bay, Kinmel bay and flint are nice and flat. From Chester we head South towards Wrexham where the climbing starts. Passing through Ruoban and chirk before crossing the border into England before stopping just outside of Oswestry where we stay for the Wednesday night

Thursday 22nd September – Oswestry to Crickhowell 97 miles
The penultimate day is the second longest in miles and second in terms of elevation gains. The group will be heading south all day and hopefully a tail wind will help up the hills as we pass though Oswestry and cross the border back in Wales at Llanymynech. We continue to Criss cross over the border as we pass through Kington and Haye-on-way before crossing the river Usk just outside Llangynidr before heading east into Crickhowell.

Friday 23rd September – Crickhowell to Cardiff (Via Chepstow) 68 miles
The final day is only 68 miles back to Cardiff, via Chepstow. However, do not expect a leisurely ride as there are a few ‘nasty climbs’ as we head through Abergavenny, Usk before climbing up round Golden Hill, before dropping down into Chepstow. From Chepstow it is a flat ride through Magor and Newport before arriving to the Principality Stadium.

The total cost of the event is £1,000 per cyclist (based on twin sharing, £300 extra for single occupancy) which includes:

  • 9 nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast.
  • Full nutritional support during the ride.
  • Event branded apparel: Cycle BIB shorts, Cycle Jersey & Cycle Jacket
  • Planned scenic routes lead by support cyclists.
  • Van support to transport all kit and available for a lift’ if needed.
  • Full mechanical support and bike checks before and after each day’s cycle.

Not included: 

  • Travel to and from Cardiff.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Drinks and any additional food not included in the daily rides.

The total cost of the event is £1,000 per cyclist, (based on twin sharing, £300 extra for single occupancy)

£300 deposit required to secure your place.

Final payment of £700 is due by the 1st July 2022.

The Foundation would like the cycle to raise as much money as possible for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. There will be a Just Giving page set up in July 2022.

Sizes for the apparel and any dietary requirements by the 1st July 2022
For any questions are further details please contact:

Stuart Thom
Chief Executive
The Royal Belfast Golf Club
M: 07913 611680
E: ceo@royalbelfast.com

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