Former England and Bath Rugby legend Danny Grewcock and Olympic medallist Heather Fell were joined at The Rec by Gloucester's Mike Tindall, who was in town for the highly anticipated local derby clash, to launch Bath Rugby Foundation's inaugural Cycle to Gloucester fundraising challenge.
The two day challenge, which will take place on the weekend of 12th - 13th April 2014, is a 50 mile cycle from The Rec in Bath to Kingsholm in Gloucester to watch the highly anticipated return clash between Gloucester and Bath.
Cyclists who sign up will have the opportunity to cycle alongside the likes of Danny Grewcock and Heather Fell as well as Bath Rugby legends Lee Mears and David Flatman and Olympian Amy Williams.
Following what promises to be a closely fought game, the group will enjoy a night out en masse in Cheltenham before cycling back to The Rec the following morning after a much needed leisurely breakfast. It's a 100 mile round trip which promises to be full of banter and laughs!
Olympic silver medallist, Heather Fell, said, "As a result of a charity cycle ride I did this summer, from John O'Groats to Land's End, I got hooked on a new sport. Whether you take up the bike for just one day or whether you discover the love of cycling like me it really is a great sport to try.
"Another highlight has to be the great friends I made on that bike ride. So when I heard about the Cycle to Gloucester challenge, I couldn't resist signing up. Not only is it a great way to raise money for Bath Rugby Foundation, which is an amazing local charity, but you are guaranteed to have lots of fun along the way combined with the incentive of watching a fantastic game of rugby at the end of it."
The cost of the challenge is £149 and all participants will be asked to raise a minimum of £150 for Bath Rugby Foundation. All riders who raise over £400 will have their entry fee of £149 refunded to them.
Cyclists who sign up for the Bath Rugby Foundation Cycle to Gloucester challenge will receive a Gloucester Vs Bath match ticket, an exclusive Bath Rugby cycle shirt and an overnight stay in a hotel.
David Trick, rugby legend and Bath Rugby Foundation fundraiser, said: "Two things are guaranteed on the Cycle to Gloucester bike challenge – a huge amount of fun along the way and a great game of rugby at the end. You don't have to be Bradley Wiggins to take part, just anyone who fancies a bit of a challenge and a lot of laughs.
"Whether you are a Bath supporter or a Gloucester fan and whether you want to sign up individually or as a group of mates, more the merrier. Depending on the final result of the game, I am anticipating that some riders won't be as happy on the return journey. But I'm secretly hoping that's the Gloucester riders of course!"
Click onto www.bathrugbyfoundation.com for more information and to sign up.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Bath Rugby Foundation aims to enhance the lives of young people in the local area through sport. Through their award-winning Education and Inclusion programmes, the Foundation strive to motivate, raise self esteem, increase confidence and improve life skills, by imparting the values found in rugby - camaraderie, loyalty, discipline and respect.