Porthcawl to Paris

David Lloyd will lead 31 men on a 500-mile Porthcawl to Paris cycle to raise thousands for charities

Next month David Lloyd, from Rest Bay has roped in 31 other men to join him on his epic Porthcawl to Paris bike ride, which kicks off on July 22 and will roll in to Paris five days later in time to see the final day of the Tour de France.

The cyclists, who will be assisted by a support team of four, have each pledged to raise £250 for Prostate Cymru and Velindre Cancer Centre, in an attempt to raise a staggering £8,000.

“I’m a keen cyclist and I’ve always wanted to go to Paris to watch the last day of the Tour on the Champs Elysees,” said David.

“We advertised at local rugby and cycling clubs and now there’s 32 of us going. We can’t wait to get started now – we’ve been planning this and in training for almost two years.”

David, who is employed as a safety officer at Dow Corning Ltd in the Vale of Glamorgan and is also a part-time firefighter in Porthcawl, has even roped in a number of colleagues from both his posts.

Among the team are friends Ray Giles, who has long supported Prostate Cymru, and Nathan Bennett whose mum was treated and supported by staff at Velindre – and it was for those reasons the group chose to fundraise for the two causes.

David added: “We’ve been training hard for months but it’s 100 miles every day for five days, so it is going to be tough. Knowing that we’re doing it for these charities, not only raising money but awareness too, will keep us peddling.”

Any donations to support and sponsor this fantastic journey would be gratefully welcomed. All proceeds will be shared evenly between Prostate Cymru and Velindre Cancer Centre. Thank you for helping to save Welsh lives! To sponsor the team, visit www.justgiving.com/porthcawltoparis

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