In 2005 two Ponty boys, Dave Lewis & Derek Goode, cycled the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats route and raised over £1000 for Ty Hafan. In August 2016 Dave decided he needed a new challenge and so cycled around Wales to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. He completed the ride (with the odd mishap), rode 688 miles around much of the coast of Wales, raised over £500 and has just published a book of his adventures.
Dave also hopes to inspire others to repeat the course and help turn this haphazard ‘loop’ of Wales into a world famous iconic ride just like Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
Dave said: “After completing the ride I wanted to encourage others to do the same thing and so sent the following press release out to Welsh Assembly Government, BBC Wales, Western Mail, SW Echo, SW Argus, SW Evening Post, Ponty Observer and many other organisations, cycling forums, bike magazines, local bike shops etc. It’s on Facebook and Twitter, the Wales Forum and other online outlets. Fingers crossed someone will think it’s a good idea and want to promote the ride.”
Wales Trails – The LEJOG-lite Cycle Challenge!
Welsh writer Dave Lewis has just completed a two-week cycle ride around Wales. He covered 688 miles, raised £500 for Prostate Cancer UK and has just published a book of his adventures. But wait, there’s more…
After cycling the iconic Land’s End to John o’ Groats challenge back in 2005 Dave has been thinking about setting up a similar ride in Wales. Well, here it is!
‘Wales Trails‘ is a new ride for everyone to enjoy.
The route: A loop of Wales
Duration: As long as you want / two weeks or more
Start / Finish: You decide / it’s a loop!
Charity: Up to you
Aim: To put Wales on the ‘must do’ bikers list
Dave’s idea was to create a ‘LEJOG-lite’ in Wales. The famous ‘End-to-End’ ride usually takes two weeks and cyclists cover approx. 900+ miles. The lap of the Principality can be whatever you want but 500-700 miles seems about fair. This means the Welsh ride is shorter and therefore great training for the LEJOG challenge.
However, if you do the ‘Wales Trails’ ride in two weeks the shorter distances per day means there is more time to enjoy and savour the fantastic Welsh scenery and meet the fabulous Welsh people.
This is a chance to put the land of the dragon firmly on the cyclists’ bucket list of adventures and also bring in some much needed income to the Welsh economy. Welsh B&Bs, bike shops, pubs, cafés and tourist attractions should all benefit!
So if you fancy a challenge with a difference why not attempt a loop of Wales and ride over 500 miles along some of the most stunning coastline anywhere in the world!
If you want to find out more why not visit Dave’s website or pick up a copy of his book, where he outlines his vision that one day, Wales, with its rapidly diminishing yet rich cultural heritage, will become a ride that all cyclists will want to do. More than just a guide, but a funny and thought-provoking account of two weeks in the summer of 2016 when one man’s dream becomes reality.
‘Wales Trails’ is available from all good bookstores, from Amazon and Dave’s own website as a paperback and e-book.