Rugby stars get on their bikes for charity
With a list of participants that includes rugby legends, TV personalities, footballers and many ordinary cyclists, the third Cyclothon UK endurance cycle challenge took place earlier this month. The event saw more than 270 people from company teams, charities and cycling clubs getting on their bikes to ride around Brands Hatch GP Circuit in the name of charity.
The Cyclothon UK endurance cycle challenge
The event is a test of stamina, strength and determination with eight and 12-hour time slots available, either in a team or riding solo. This challenge is guaranteed to take your fitness above and beyond your comfort zone and really push you to do your best.
This cycling event is also entirely in aid of life-changing charities. The main beneficiary is the RFU Injured Players Foundation, which helps rugby players with serious injuries maintain a strong level of well-being. This cause has attracted many international rugby stars including Scott Hastings, Colin Charvis, Alix Popham, Huw Bennett and Chris Sheasby.
Cyclothon in the community
Since the launch of Cyclothon in 2011, more than £95,000 has been raised for charities and good causes. An additional benefit has been a drastic increase of awareness about the importance of regular exercise to stay healthy.
This year, Abigail’s Footsteps raised in excess of £8000 which will help to support families and medical workers to deal with the tragedy of a stillborn child.
Many people who would not ordinarily take part in an event like this were encouraged to do so with the prospect of testing their metal against stars of rugby. The equipment for a cycling challenge was also vital and road bikes were highly recommended. Several local businesses entered teams as part of a work-bonding experience, creating friendships and increasing their reputation as a company that cares.
Cycling benefits for rugby stars
Many rugby players replace their rugby shirts for cycling shirts and use cycling as a regular part of their fitness regime. Cycling is a great way to improve aerobic stamina without the impact of running. Jogging has a huge impact on the knees and ankles, which is something that needs to be prevented as much as possible due to the nature of rugby. That’s where cycling comes into its own because the smooth nature of pedalling helps to build up the legs in a similar way, without the unnecessary added strain on the joints.
Why not follow the suit of your rugby heroes and join a cycling charity event this year or next? See Cyclothon UK for further details.