On Sunday a team from Cardiff Blues will be taking Cyclone 24 - a 24-hour velodrome challenge - in aid of the Wallich.
Chief executive Richard Holland, commercial director Rhys Williams and former star Tom Shanklin will be joined by a number of the region’s partners for the Cyclone.
Williams said: “DS Smith approached us all to see if we would be interested in the challenge, knowing how we’ve enjoyed cycle challenges in the past, such as the #StayStrongForOws cycle rides over the past two years. We also feel it is a great opportunity to support a fantastic charity.” said Williams.
“One of the biggest challenges I expect on the day will be fatigue, especially towards the middle of the night. Riding on a fixed wheel with no breaks adds difficulty, especially when you are used to a road bike.
“But we’ve all put in some time in the saddle and are looking forward to the challenge. I’m sure we will really have to dig deep but that is nothing compared to the challenges homeless people face on a daily basis.”
144 cyclists set to participate in the challenge and raise more than £30,000 for the cause.
The event is designed for cyclists of all abilities, and teams are formed for the event, although no more than one cyclist from each team is allowed on the track at one time.
Zoë Westerman, Corporate Strategy Manager at The Wallich, is looking forward to take part in the challenge for the second year running.
“Cyclone 24 is the ultimate in cycling challenges, not only for the sheer length of the challenge, but for the physical and mental endurance you have to prepared for. That being said, it is instantly addictive and the camaraderie throughout the challenge is great,” said Westerman.
“There’s a lot of fun and laughs along the way and as one of last year’s participants put it, ‘You never really know anyone unless you’ve slept next to them wearing Lycra in a sports hall’!
“There’s a great sense of loyalty to everyone taking part as we are all going through the exhaustion and pain together to achieve something amazing for a worthy cause.”
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