Wasps have launched a star-studded charity cycling challenge from London to Coventry to mark the club’s 150th anniversary – and want supporters to take part.
The event is taking place over two days on 30 September and 1 October, starting at Twickenham Stadium before making the 150-mile journey to the Ricoh Arena.
The Wasps 150 Anniversary Ride is designed to take in all of Wasps iconic training and match-day grounds before finishing at the 150th Anniversary fixture at the Ricoh Arena, which will be an Aviva Premiership clash.
The ride will contribute towards Wasps raising £50,000 for Dallaglio RugbyWorks – a programme set up by former club captain and Wasps director Lawrence Dallaglio to help disadvantaged 14 to 17 year-olds achieve sustained education, employment or training.
On the first day of the challenge up to 30 riders will be joined by a string of Wasps legends to cycle 104 miles via Hampstead RFC, Loftus Road, Twyford Avenue and Adams Park, up towards Banbury where they will stop for the night.
Day two will see around 150 riders cycling 46 miles in a mass participation ride from Banbury to Coventry via Edge Hill and Kenilworth, before ending with a lap of the Ricoh Arena pitch before kick-off.
Nick Eastwood, deputy chairman at Wasps, said: “Next season, our 150th Anniversary is going to be a truly historic occasion that we want people to remember and benefit from for many years to come.
“That’s why we are going to be working with three designated charities and will be organising a number of events.
“We are delighted to launch the first event of our 150th Anniversary year. Dallaglio Rugby Works have vast experience in organising charity cycle challenges and this certainly is a course to challenge any keen cyclist. We are also excited that the riders will finish the event with a lap of the Ricoh Arena pitch at our 150th Anniversary game.
“We’re hoping the cycle challenge will inspire others to get involved throughout the year and really make it a season to remember.”
Money raised from the cycle event will help to deliver the RugbyWorks programme to 14-17 years olds in alternative provision schools.
Dallaglio RugbyWorks gives disadvantaged young people who have been failed by the mainstream education system, the practical support, experience and ability or a future in sustained education, employment or training.
Lawrence Dallaglio, who founded Dallaglio RugbyWorks in 2009, added: “I’ve witnessed first-hand the power that rugby can have in transforming attitude, behaviour and aspirations, so this is a cause that’s close to my heart.
“To see the club using its anniversary as a platform to help others is first class and we’re extremely grateful for their backing. The cycle ride looks set to be both a physical and emotional challenge, but one I’m looking forward to.”
More Information on the 150 Anniversary Ride can be found at wasps.co.uk/150, where you can view the routes and the full details of both the two-day and mass participation packages.
There is also an opportunity to get more information or sign up for the ride when Dallaglio Rugby Works will be present in the Fan Village at the Aviva Premiership semi-final between Wasps and Leicester Tigers on Saturday 20th May, 5.15pm.