Withies on Wheels – the challenge draws near – why not join them?

 Withies on Wheels – the challenge draws near – why not join them?

The Withycombe RFC ‘Withies on Wheels’ challenge draws ever nearer and the club are keen to spread the message that new riders are still being welcomed aboard.

The challenge is taking place over the weekend of July 23 and 24 when a dozen – or more, it is hoped – cyclists, will embark on a fundraiser in aid of the club’s Vision 24 project. 

The challenge is to ride around Devon, a distance of some 287 miles (462km) with a total elevation climb of 7,374 metres, and all done in a 24-hour period!

The route around Devon will take in Exmouth, Dawlish, Torquay, Dartmouth, Kingsbridge, Plymouth, Tavistock, Bideford, Barnstaple, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, South Molton, Tiverton, Honiton, Colyton and Sidmouth; returning back to the Raleigh Park home of Withycombe RFC.

Many of the destinations to be visited are homes to some of the clubs rugby opponents. 
Although the demanding route will be broken into a relay, giving some willing volunteers the chance to ride the start and the end of the circuit, five riders willattempt to complete the entire route. 

The intrepid five taking on the entire route are former Withycombe RFC player together with Andrew Cotton, Bill Blurton, Paul McCarthy and Rob Dustan.  

The ride will start at Raleigh Park on Friday, July 23 with a 4pm start and the estimated completion time is a little under 24-hours later with a 3.30pm return into Raleigh Park where the Withycombe RFC Family Day will be in full swing.

What’s more, it is hope that club President Tony Rowe OBE will be there to welcome the riders home.

More riders will be welcomed – taking on as little – or as much – of the ride as they feel comfortable with.

More information about the event can be got from contacting Rick Libbey 07909 686479 or rick.libbey@withycomberugby.co.uk

There is also more information to be found at   https://bit.ly/withiesonwheels

You can keep up to date on all Vision 24 news, events and fundraising information at https://bit.ly/WRFC-VISION24

The club are also keen to spread the message that even if you are reading this and feel you cannot get along and join the ride, then perhaps you would be good enough to provide some financial support by way of a donation to the cause.

There is a JustGiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/withiesonwheels

Stephen Birley

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