The 2019 Velo Challenge was historic. Not only was it the 10th anniversary ride, but we also had the largest group of new riders participate, the most members participate, and three of the five original Langdon founders participate. We raised over £100,000 overall.
The cyclists absolutely loved the trip. It gave the group the opportunity to step out of their daily routines and raise money to create change in the lives of Langdon members. And even better than that, our riders had the opportunity to spend time with the members and actually see the impact made on them. Member Marc Butcher said, “It was great being in everyone’s company, loved every minute of it – even going up hills.”
Cyclist Clive Nathan said, “The smiles on the faces of everyone and the impromptu hugs told you everything you needed to know. It felt more like a holiday with old friends than a charity cycle ride and that is down to everyone involved.”
“The Velo 2019 Challenge was a fantastic, fun experience. The riders are amazing and their brilliant comradery, positive spirit and dogged determination to complete the Challenge is irreplaceable. They are a truly exceptional bunch of people.” –Daniel Robey, Velo Chairman
Our cyclists went to the Catalonian region of northern Spain and explored the roads and area surrounding Girona. Day one of Velo had our riders cycling to the Col de Sesplanes, then taking a mountain road down to Sant Hilari de Sacalm. After stopping for a coffee, they cycled a huge descent into and through Santa Caloma farmland. Day two included a ride from beautiful Les Gavarres all the way to Els Angels, then going from Santa Pallaia to Cassà de la Selva to Quart before hitting the Costa Brava.
On day three, our cyclists began in the centre of Girona before heading into the countryside. From there, the longer route went to the foot of Rocacorba, the region’s most notorious climb. If that wasn’t enough, the group went back through Les Gavarres National Park for one last climb over the Col de Portell. And on the final day, the cyclists went up the Costa Brava, over to Les Gavarres National Park. They then headed to Col de Montagut, and the longer option went back along the coast overlooking huge cliffs until they turned inland and went home via the small pass of Romanya de la Selva.
A massive thank you to everyone who participated or donated to this challenge.
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