The Cancer Wales Moped Challenge set off from Newtown in Mid Wales several days ago sponsored by David Jones Motorcycles and Continental Motorcycle UK in their bid to travel over 1000 miles around the perimeter of Wales on 49cc Honda Vision mopeds with a top speed of around 30mph, all fitted with 3.00×10 ContiTwist tyres.
Yesterday all the riders traveled up to Aberystwyth for the next overnight stop on their tour, and being just around the corner from our offices we sent Rich down armed with his camera to go and see just how they were getting on:
“The weather conditions were ideal for an overnight stop on the coast when we arrived on the promenade, expecting to see a hoard of bright pink mopeds parked up in the purpose motorcycle parking area by the beach front cafe which is popular with many bikers who come down to the town, experiencing the best roads that Mid Wales has to offer. However, coming up to the rendezvous time of 6pm, there was no sign of the riders.
It didn’t take long though for the sound of moped horns to fill the air as the riders came past the towns Royal Pier and down towards the crowd of family and friends who started to clap and cheer, with bystanders soon taking notice of the cacophony of noise and the line of riders in their fluorescent pink gear. Mopeds were adorned with flags, stickers and even a set of very fetching plastic windmills, the kind that children tend to stick into sandcastles.
The riders were all in good spirits, as both the weather and the road had been kind to them on their trip from Broadhaven down in Pembrokeshire. The days riding had taken them along remote country roads to every small fishing village and coastal enclave on the map, with the chance to stop for a break in Aberporth before carrying on further north for Aberystwyth. Earlier in the day the team had also pulled up at St Davids, the smallest city in the UK. At the cities magnificent cathedral, they had been greeted by several priests, and riders and mopeds even managed to receive a blessing before continuing on their way. Whether it was the blessing, or just a good mechanic that meant they didn’t see the return of the wiring issues which caused a couple of riders to stop for emergency repairs earlier on in the week no one knows, but the teething problems seemed to be well behind them now.
Speaking with several of the riders it seemed they had come up against all kinds of weather, with heavy rain and thunder challenging the group earlier on in the week as they travelled around the Swansea area but group leader Hywel Thomas was quick to praise the performance of the Continental scooter tyres fitted to all the riders machines. Earlier on in the trip they also got a chance to test them out at the Pembrey Race circuit, with one rider commenting that it was the most fun he had ever had at 30 miles per hour.
The group appeared to be well on the way to achieving their £10,000 target for their nominated charity Cancer Wales. It was great to hear just how generous that the public had been when the riders pulled up at their various destinations on the trip, with rider Graham Laws reporting that they had raised around £480 in donations in just a few hours at Broadhaven the night before, taking them to over £6,500 in total and rising so far! Not sure just how they did in Aberystwyth yesterday, but fingers crossed that it was another great evening.
Their actions havent gone unnoticed in the media either, with the Cancer Wales Moped Challenge being interviewed by S4C and hopefully that will be aired on television sets across the country very soon as well as ebing available on S4C Click catch up service on the internet. As soon as the riders pulled up in Aberystwyth, Hywel was straight on to the local station Radio Ceredigion who had also sent down a reporter, and for a moment it looked like they wanted to speak to us as well until Rich owned up to the fact he cant speak Welsh.
We finally managed to get everyone lined up with the mopeds, and on lookers started to take photos as family and friends circulated amongst the crowd handing out information about the trip with people often approaching the two donations buckets to show their support for the cause which was again great to see. We left shortly after to leave the group to the rest of their evening as they went for food and a well-earned drink with friends and relatives in a local pub.”
Today the riders will have left Aberystwyth at 8am as they made their way further north along the coast roads aiming to reach Bangor by way of the famous wooden railway bridge that spans the estuary at Barmouth. Good luck to them for the rest of the ride, its great to be able to help sponsor something which raises money and awareness for such a good cause and hopefully they will beat their target before they make it back home in the coming days!
For more information and for the link to their Just Giving page please see the official Cancer Wales Moped Challenge Facebook community page.