Three friends from Beaumaris are preparing to tackle a mammoth cycle ride stretching from Asia to Anglesey.
Andy Fowell (63), Steve MacVicar (60) and Roger Thomas (65) will travel more than 5,500 kilometres from Istanbul to Holyhead – taking in sixteen countries and four mountain ranges.
The trio, who set off from the Turkish capital next month, will follow the Iron Curtain Cycle Trail during journey. They’re hoping to raise £20,000 for the MND Association and St David Hospice’s new ‘satellite’ base at Ysbyty Penrhos Stanley in Holyhead – the four-bed inpatient unit is due to open in April.
Andy Fowell, a retired palliative care consultant, said: ”We are really looking forward to the challenge. I am sure it will create a lifetime of memories. Steve has been talking about the trail for years, now he has joined myself and Roger in retirement, he has no excuse!”
”We will be cycling at least 65 miles a day and it will be just us and our bikes, no support vehicles. It’s a huge challenge. We will push through the winds, rain and snow and try and remain friends throughout!”
”I have worked with both St David’s and MND Association developing services and improving co-ordination of care for the patients. I believe that the money we raise can help to continue the development of high quality end of life care and the continued research into cause and treatment of MND.”
Anglesey comedian and broadcaster Tudur Owen is backing the cyclists as their patron: ”I must admit, however, that when I first heard about the event, I thought it was an impossible task. But I played rugby with Steve many years ago and know that behind that calm exterior is a very tough competitor.”
”So I have no doubt that Steve, Andy and Roger have what it takes to complete this epic journey and look forward to following their progress across Europe.”
The trio have already raised nearly £1500 ahead of the start of their journey on Thursday 28th March. As a warm up, there’ll be a ‘Bulls’ tour of Anglesey on Sunday 9th March, taking in the Bull hotels in Llangefni and Valley, the Bull Bay golf club in Amwlch, the Bull Inn in Pentraeth and the Bull pub in Beaumaris.