A CYCLING CHALLENGE backed by Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas raised more than £4,500 to support the life-changing work of CAIS.
More than 60 participants tackled 70 miles in the saddle – and 5000 metres of climbing – as they took on the monster effort from Abererch on the Llyn Peninsula to Prestatyn.
And the Ride for CAIS won major support from the 2018 yellow jersey wearer, three-time World Champion and double Olympic gold medallist.
In a video message posted online by ride participant and former Glamorgan cricketer Will Owen, Thomas praised organisers and said he hoped they had raised “plenty of money”.
“I just wanted to say a huge well done for organising the Ride for CAIS,” the Welsh cycling legend said. “I heard it was a great turn out. I hope you raised plenty of money – and all the best for the future.”
Posted by Will Owen on Thursday, 15 August 2019
CAIS chief executive Clive Wolfendale joined the final stages of the cycle.
“On behalf of CAIS, and all the people we support, I’d like to extend our thanks to the team behind Ride for CAIS for a wonderfully organised event, their generosity of spirit and energy – and to the dozens of cyclists for taking part in support of our work,” he said.
“Many in our communities face significant challenges in their lives, and we will use these vital funds to help more people reach their full potential through rehabilitation, recovery, better health, independence and employment.”
The event was organised by Dom and Esyllt Senger, Tom Alexander and Guy Bancroft, who together have raised many thousands of pounds for good causes. It was supported by members of Prestatyn-based Lon Las Loonies and cycling clubs from across North Wales, and concluded with an Australian-themed family fun day at the town’s Cross Foxes.
The quartet hope to repeat the event – and to tempt even more cyclists to join the peleton – in 2020.
“We're pleased to have had so many positive comments and compliments about the ride – and we’re already thinking ahead to how we can build on Ride for CAIS next year,” Dom said.
“Maybe we need to see if we can persuade Geraint to join us instead of doing the Tour?!”
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