It’s been six years since the last #StayStrongForOws bike ride from Cardiff to Paris and it’s definitely time to jump back in the saddle.
We have twice swapped our rugby kit for lycra bib shorts and cycled from our iconic Arms Park home to Paris and then Amsterdam, raising crucial funds for a cause close to our hearts.
Raising money and awareness for the Cardiff Rugby Community Foundation, which continues to support the #StayStrongForOws campaign, we will once again set off from the Arms Park and wind our way down roads, country lanes and tracks all the way to the City of Light and foot of the Eiffel Tower.
Setting off from Cardiff on June 20, we will make our way through Frome and on to Portsmouth. After dinner we take the overnight ferry arriving in Caen in the morning where we have breakfast before we set off again toward Paris.
This trip will follow the usual successful formula of guided riding, which we have previously enjoyed and will include support vehicles, medics and the transport of bikes back to Cardiff from Paris.
In terms of keeping your energy levels high, there will be three food and drink stops a day, post ride snacks, excellent evening meals and accommodation before the celebrations of an unforgettable ride.
Dates: June 20th – 24th 2022
Cost per person: £2,000
Includes all food, accommodation, a unique Cardiff Rugby cycling jersey, post ride snacks, guides, medics, return transport of bikes, etc. Excludes travel back from Paris.
Cardiff to Frome – 126k; 1289 ascent
Gather at Cardiff Arms Park for welcome and send off. Load bags into pie vans, divide into smaller guided groups each led by a pie guide, and set off!
Three food stops a day.
Dinner and twin room accommodation at the Premier Inn Frome
Frome to Portsmouth 135k; 1198m ascent
Breakfast at the Premier Inn, load luggage into the pie vans and set off for Portsmouth. Three food stops en route. At Portsmouth we shower and get changed, loading the bikes into the pie vans this time, before heading for the ferry. Overnight crossing in twin share cabins with ferry leaving at 22.45 and arriving at 07.30 the next day.
Caen to Evreux – 143k, 1049m ascent
Wake up in France! Disembark and have breakfast in café in Caen. Head off on route towards Evreux with three stops during the day.
Dinner and accommodation in Ibis in Evreux.
Evreux to Paris – 113k; 976m
Breakfast in the hotel, luggage in the pie vans and head off on our last days riding to our destination – the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Three food and drink stops along the way.
Dinner and accommodation in the Novotel Paris