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Along with 4,000 other cyclists 4 of the Trois Etapes team: Edward Hayter, Andrew Sandars, Jamie Collins and Matt Tonge, rode the Dragon Ride yesterday, the UK’s premier and most challenging sportive race.
In its 10th year, the route starts and finishes in Port Talbot and takes in 130 miles of Welsh mountain roads and 3,600metres of climbs including the last two big ones: Rhiggos and Bwlch.
Riders were blessed with fantastic riding conditions with cloudless skies and temperatures in the mid twenties. The team completed the ride in an elapsed time of 8hrs 50 mins, a riding time of 8 hours.
Please listen to Ed Hayter’s audio diary:
“Without a doubt, this was the toughest ride I have completed, and was a good opportunity for a good number of the team to ride some hills together, but I suspect is a mere taster of what the Alps has in store for us.” – Ed Hayter
From the 26 to the 29 of July, the Walking With The Wounded team of cyclists led by Mark Beaumont, will compete in a cycle race on the Alpine stages of the Tour de France.
Trois Etapes is a four-day pro-am cycle race taking place in the South-East of France and is divided in three stages.
This feat of endurance will push the team of one wounded serviceman and seven able-bodied cyclists to their mental and physical limits. Each day the team will cycle up to 109km while climbing up to 2,780m.
Collectively the team hopes to surpass last year’s total and raise in excess of £50,000 for the charity.
To support the team and the charity please donate here: http://www.bmycharity.com/wwtwtroisetapes