Bikers will embark on a 700-mile, three-day trip across Wales from Connah’s Quay later this spring in aid of the Combat Stress charity. The route will take riders through Merthyr Tydfil near Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth, Llanberis and Llandudno before finishing back in Connah’s Quay.
The Motorcycle Tour of Wales, which will take place from 16-18 May, will be raising much needed funds for veteran mental health charity Combat Stress. There are 48 riders already confirmed for the event, including organisers Dave Hughes and Alan Sullivan, the Daily Post reports.
Sullivan says that what they wanted to do is raise money for the Combat Stress charity and to boost awareness of an underfunded cause which is worth the attention of the public.
A convoy of 60 to 70 motorcyclists is a great sight to see, Alan says. British Army veteran Simon Weston will join the convoy when it reaches Cardiff, Alan says, adding that many people are looking forward to the arrival of the convoy after last year’s event.
In 2013, the event, along with a charity concert, managed to raise over £15,600 for the charity. Many people kept coming over to look at all the bikes and local businesses provided food and drink for all, Alan commented.
The official start of the 2014 event was announced at St David’s Park in Ewloe by Lord Barry Jones, tour president. He said that Combat Stress is a fantastic charity which ‘stretches out a comrade’s hand to those who might need help.’