HUNDREDS OF CYCLISTS TO TAKE PART IN ANNUAL DAFFODIL BIKE RIDE


20.02.2020

More than 300 cyclists are expected to take part in the Annual Daffodil Bike Ride next month, which will see riders embark on a 43-mile loop through hilly Carmarthenshire. 

Daffodil Ride 2017

In its 12th year, the annual cycle challenge is again being organised by staff and students from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The ride will take place on St David’s day and will once again have a distinctly Welsh feel with singer and broadcaster, Shân Cothi, singing ‘Hen Wald fy Nhadau’ alongside members from Bois y Felin male voice choir as the riders set off.    

One of the main organisers is Sport and Exercise Science student Menna Jones who also works as a Specialist Support Lecturer at the University.  She said: 

“Hundreds of athletes are relying on us to run this event and bring everything together in a safe and healthy environment.

The starting point of the race will once again be at Llanmiloe Community Association Hall. The committee has been so kind in letting us use their facilities once again this year, which include an indoor registration room, indoor toilets, a room for pre- and post-ride massage therapy, a kitchen for hot drinks and cawl, plenty of parking spaces and an outdoor seating area. There is even a bar should the cyclists and their supporters fancy something stronger than a cuppa.  Children can come down and use the play area nearby or even venture into Pendine itself for a play on the beach while the cyclists tackle the route. Hot drinks and cakes will be available to purchase from the lovely people who run The Hangout in Llandeilo. Come and ride, support, spectate and celebrate with us whilst supporting a fantastic cause.”

As in previous years, all proceeds from the Ride are being donated to charity. This year’s chosen charity is once again ‘Amser Justin Time’ (http://www.amserjustintime.org/ ) which strives to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer here in Wales.  The charity was set up by Shân Cothi in memory of her late husband.  This year, the ride will also be dedicated to the memory of Trystan Wyn Rees who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last November at the age of 37. Trystan was a member of staff at UWTSD for a number of years before moving to Australia to start a new life with his husband James. 

Following discussions with James, race organisers have decided to ask all the riders to wear their brightest socks on the ride as a tribute to Trystan.  Menna added:

“It’s wonderful to have Shân with us this year once again.  We hope to see this year’s event raise a substantial amount for our chosen charity.  ‘Amser Justin Time’ is an excellent cause and we’re very pleased to be able to give our support through the Daffodil Bike Ride. 

This year’s race will be dedicated to the memory of Trystan Wyn Rees who sadly lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last November at the age of 37.  Trystan was the University’s Reaching Wider Officer before moving to live in Melbourne, Australia.  He was an alumnus of Trinity College Carmarthen and throughout his time at the University, he made an invaluable contribution to widening access to higher education, particularly by utilising his expertise in the Performing Arts.” 

The founder of the Daffodil Ride, Andy Edwards, who is local to Pendine, set up the event 11 years ago with the aim of breathing life into the village during an otherwise quiet season. Having now moved from Pendine to Carmarthen, Andy was determined that the Daffodil Ride would continue and offered the organising responsibilities to UWTSD students. 

The race is being held on March 1 and will start at 10am.  For more information please visit the Daffodil Ride Facebook page

 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / Arwel.Lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk