Celtic Challenge Cycle Ride – Open Challenge
After a very successful seven years of the Celtic Challenge Cycle Ride (CCCR) the challenge for 2016 will take place from Thursday 26th – Saturday 28th May.
The cyclists and back up support drivers will set off from Aberystwyth.
After cycling from Aberystwyth to Fishguard, a short but hilly distance of 62 miles, the group will cross over by ferry to Rosslare. After arriving at the port, there is a short easy 12 mile cycle ride to the hotel in Wexford where the group will enjoy a pleasant evening meal together.
The following day the group will cycle 92 miles along the Irish coast to the port of Dublin before taking the ferry to Holyhead. After the second overnight stop in Holyhead the group will depart on the last 102 mile leg of the journey along the Welsh coast back to Aberystwyth.
The weekend is a real test of skill, endurance and determination for riders with a reasonable level of fitness, providing a memorable cycling experience as well as being able to enjoy a real taste of Ireland!
The Celtic Challenge Cycle Ride around the Irish Sea allows you to enjoy some of the most beautiful coastline in Wales and Ireland and has become a unique event.
(Accommodation in Aberystwyth is available on the Wednesday and/or Saturday night but this would be an additional charge).
Registration/Deposit fee £100 at time of booking
Cost — an additional £200 including all costs
The balance to be paid at least 8 weeks in advance
(This includes 2 nights ***hotel B&B, 2 evening meals, 2 ferry crossings and backup of minibus and van)
You raise at least £400 in sponsorship
Total Target – £700
In addition to the registration fee/deposit and cost you commit to raising the minimum sponsorship as shown above.
50% of the fundraising target must be received by ChallengeAid no later than 4 weeks prior to the challenge.
The other 50% of the remaining sponsorship must be sent to us no later than 4 weeks after completion of the event.
For more information please contact 0845 450 5889 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quotes from some of the cyclists who have undertaken the Challenge:
“Apart from the glorious weather and scenery of Snowdonia, there was a strong feeling of admiration towards the local people we met along the way. The generosity and hospitality in Wales and Ireland were truly inspiring and encouraged us to battle through with finishing. They could tell we were faced with a tough challenge and were eager to hear how the charity ChallengeAid helps disadvantaged children in Africa.”
Ed Mansel Lewis, June 2013
“I could measure the success of this year’s Celtic Challenge in so many ways.
Firstly, like any sport, it set the eight of us cyclists at a common level and created a single focus. For those three days all of our normal day to day work routines were set aside because we needed to pull together to make sure the team got around the course, so there was a great feeling of camaraderie in the camp.
Secondly, as we were hugging the coast throughout the trip, the Irish Sea was a permanent feature in the backdrop. At dusk and in the early morning it would glow as the sun bled onto the horizon. When we did venture inland we saw Welsh and Irish landscapes at their best. I particularly enjoyed hearing the two guys from Luton trying to put into words what they had felt whilst descending Cadair Idris. Finally, I enjoyed knowing that my input and effort was going to a thoroughly worthwhile cause. I have lived in Kenya and been to the slums in Nairobi. They are full of people that need help in almost every area of their life. ChallengeAid’s ‘Schools of Hope’ do a very good job in helping children with their education by working with volunteers from the slum communities. I am proud to have taken part and I would recommend the challenge to anyone and everyone.”
Stuart Wood, July 2013
“This challenge was one of the best three days of my life. The combination of a good physical challenge, stunning scenery, well planned itinerary and great company made it unforgettable. Every individual had their dark moments battling from within but we started this challenge as a group and we finished it as a group. I would encourage anybody to do this challenge and any other that ChallengeAid has to offer because quite simply it is for a fantastic cause. My favourite moment was the unbelievable peace and quiet coming down from Cadair Idris past a huge lake with the sun bouncing off it. Unforgettable three days.”
“The climb up to Cadair Idris was monumentally amazing. Liam Kennedy, August 2013
“The three days was an unforgettable experience that I enjoyed immensely.” Jack Perkins, July 2013
“It was a physically punishing three days but I would do it all again.” Ceitho Williams, July 2013
“Great experience and so rewarding to see the amount of money raised for such a deserving cause.” Andy Page, June 2013
The Celtic Challenge Cycle Ride Open Challenge now has 11 places booked.
There are still places left for those with a reasonable level of fitness on the 250 mile cycle ride, over three days.
This cycle ride takes place round some of the most stunning Welsh and Irish coasts.