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Things are good in the camp of Team Cardiff. Facebook is swamped with updates on training rides from the team as they prepare for the circa 300 mile journey they will be undertaking in less than 3 weeks’ time. 

 

Stretching legs & selling doughnuts. 

Four of the team assembled one August Saturday morning in Treforest, for a training ride of the Bwlch Mountain. The constant drizzle and strong head winds didn’t put Neil Griffiths, Liam O’Leary, Neil Davies and Carl Woodfine-Jones off. They set off through the welsh country lanes with the first proper climb of the day heading out of Gwaelod y Garth towards Pentyrch, with Liam needing to stop at the top to carry out some ‘bike maintenance’ (or was it just an excuse to catch some air?) After a quick coffee stop, the team headed out into the emerging sun to tackle the climb up Bwlch. It came as shock to the system for some of the riders, who hadn’t tackled such a big hill since the Tour de Pudsey training weekend in the Peak District. The group had a bit of a breather on top, accompanied by the resident flock of sheep, before heading back towards Pontypridd and home.

Last weekend, Brain Wilderspin met with Karl Pearson for a cycle across North East Wales. Unusually, it was a dry and pleasant day in Wales. The pair took on the welsh hills and managed to escape the rain until they crossed the English boarder to cycle back to their homes in Chester. You can take a look at their ride here.

None of the riders have forgotten the main reason for taking part in Tour de Pudsey. Aside from having a lot of fun on the bikes, Tour de Pudsey is a fundraising effort for a great cause. Colleagues taking part in Tour de Pudsey have now raised over £110,000 for BBC Children in Need. The team are still working hard to achieve the overall target of £150,000.

Lucy Calrow had a Krispy Kreme sale in the Pendeford office this month. Over 200 doughnuts descended on the office including the delights of strawberry shortcake, chocolate dream cake and the Nutella doughnut. The doughnuts went down really well and raised £150 for BBC Children in Need. She even sampled three herself!

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£110,000

Raised at the time of writing

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200

Doughnuts sold

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Time up Bwlch Mountain

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£150,000

Tour de Pudsey target