ON February 12, British resident and Director of marketing at Read's Hotel in Santa Maria, Malcolm Wyse will be teaming up with a host of fellow cyclists, sporting legends and celebrities to help former World Cup-winning England Rugby Captain Lawrence Dallaglio raise one million pounds for Sport relief and the Dallaglio Foundation.
Wyse, a keen cyclist, has spent the past few months doing a little extra daily training and watching his diet but he admits that the event is not a race it's for charity and we're going to have some fun, he said.
The charity cycle actually starts on February 12 in Rome when Dallaglio, alongside a bunch of celebrity mates and over 250 brave and generous people, will begin cycling to all of the 6 Nations stadia.
The route is broken down into four stages with different teams on each stage.
From Rome, the pack will cycle to Paris, Twickenham, Cardiff, Dublin and finish in Edinburgh on 13th March after 24 days in the saddle and afer having cycled 2'800 kilometres.
Malcolm will be riding in the 438 kilometre fourth stage from Twickenham to Fishguard.
After celebrating the England Ireland match in traditional style the team will have a gentle start to Stage 4, with just 46km taking them to Charvil. It's short relief though - on day two the distance they have to cover is almost three times as long with 126km of cycling from Charvil to Old Sodbury in Avon.
On day three the team leave England for Wales, cycling 80km to Cardiff then 113km to Carmarthen and 73km to Fishguard.
Here those going on into stage five will get the ferry to Ireland. It came about by chance. When I read about the event I wrote to the charity offering the hotel and our specialist cycle unit we have here to Lawrence if he wanted to come out to do some training. However, he was on a tight schedule so the charity suggested I join the cycle, so I did. I usually cycle an average of 200 kilometres per week and I have become very involved with the cycle packages we now offer at the hotel so I figured I could do my bit, he added.
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So what we've done is also donate a stay at the hotel to the charity auction which is going to be taking place to raise even more money, he added.
Money raised for Sport Relief and the Dallaglio Foundation will then be used to support Cancer Research UK, DebRa, the Help for Heroes campaign, the RPA Benevolent Fund and Leukaemia Research. Malcolm is still looking for sponsors and donations to help visit:http://www.justgiving.com/Dig-Deep-4-Malcolm-Wyse