Monday 27 June 2011
South West cyclists to ride 1,260 miles to Rome
A team of five cyclists are preparing to travel 1,260 miles from Bristol to Rome in just ten days. The ‘Rome Project’ will raise money and awareness for two charities; ShelterBox and The Stroke Association.
Starting early on Friday 26 August, the team will cycle from the Bristol Hippodrome to Rome - in an event supported by the companies Stride Treglown and Lancer Scott in Bristol.
The group consists of Adam Bear, 28, an architectural assistant, James White, 27, from Camborne, who works in IT, and Tom Ovens, 27, a graphic designer from Bristol. The cyclists will be supported by Justin James, 28, a designer from Cardiff, Tom Lovell, 28, a procurement officer from Bristol.
A large amount of work has already gone into The Rome Project, with bi-monthly meetings and two-day training sessions in the South West and Wales. The team have already raised over a thousand pounds and plan to raise much more.
Tom Ovens, 27, from Bristol: 'When James first mentioned the trip I was delighted to hear we would be acting for a charity local to his home, ShelterBox, as I was aware of their great work worldwide. This was highlighted to me further following the recent earthquakes in Japan.'
Tim Bunting, Head of Fundraising at ShelterBox UK, said: ‘We’re delighted that the team have chosen ShelterBox as one of the charities for the ride. The money and awareness they will raise will help to provide desperately needed emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to families affected by disasters around the world.’
To follow their progress click here or search for The Rome Project page on Facebook.