Rotary cycling challenge soars to new heights

Rotary cycling challenge soars to new heights

Up in Wales, a Rotary-organised mountain bike challenge’s return was a resounding success, raising vital funds for charities such as Midlands Air Ambulance.

The revamped Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge, organised by Borderland Rotary, made a very successful after an involuntary two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

Up in Northeast Wales, the riders taking part were greeted with a fine morning of weather to prepare them for their 10am start.

It’s not so much a success for us as it is for the charities and groups we donate to.”

The race took place up in the Berwyn Mountains – a place of natural beauty that has become incredibly popular amongst cyclists, hikers and wildlife watchers alike.

The experienced riders set about completing the 22 mile course arranged by the organisers, with a 6 mile route available for families who wish to take part.

A rider sporting the official Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge t-shirt.

Some riders took the ride as an opportunity to take in the splendour of  the Berwyn Mountains whereas others focussed on completing the route

Jonathan Jones, who has been an organiser of the Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge for many years, said: “It all seemed to go pretty much to plan and we were blessed with perfect weather.

“Of course, lots of planning and work go into an event like this and we couldn’t do it without the help of Borderland Rotary members, their partners and friends and without the support of the local farmers and landowners we would have no course to ride.

“Our old and new sponsors, Dairi-Pk Ltd, Mule and AICO have also shared the load but most of all, I must thank all the riders for being so generous with their donations and their time.”

Jonathan continued: “It’s not so much a success for us as it is for the charities and groups we donate to, with the entrant figures up on the last time, we can give even more to support to the fantastic work of Midland Air Ambulance as well as local groups. All in all, a great day – thanks to all involved”.