Quick update: the ride was postponed on its initial date and has been rearranged for Saturday 1st June.
From four riders in 2004, to a whopping 2,500 riders in 2017, 2018 and now 2019, the challenge of riding the 100 miles from Cardiff to Tenby has just kept growing, with more and more friends, colleagues and acquaintances. This is CARTEN100, a ‘not for profit’ fund raising venture, run by volunteers so they can benefit chosen charities.The CARTEN100 cycle ride is a leisurely ride from Cardiff to Tenby. While the main aim is to get people on their bikes, a benefit of the day is the money raised for charity. This is done from direct sponsorship for company logos on the cycling shirts and the CARTENers getting sponsored individually per mile.
The ride takes a fairly direct route from Cardiff to Tenby, using A-Roads, B-Roads and cycle routes. There are some climbs, none too difficult, but in Wales there is not a lot of flat land! Riders are encouraged not to rush to Tenby but to enjoy their day, as the organisers’ philosophy is to get people back onto their bikes by preparing to cycle 100 miles, as well as enjoying a good day out followed by a celebratory drink or two in Tenby.
“It is a challenge, never a race”.
The total raised by CARTEN100 is one million pounds and they are looking forward to another great year in 2019.
The 2019 Charities, under the banner Riding out Taboos, are geared towards Cancer and how it affects everybody differently; from how it manifests in a body to how a person copes with diagnosis. This year the two key charities are Jo’s Trust (Cervical Cancer) and Prostate Cymru to raise vital funds and awareness of these “taboo” areas of health. Other local charities will also benefit, and these include Pembrokeshire Action To Combat Hardship, which runs food and basics banks in the county.
The finish is in Tenby’s Tudor Square, which will be closed to traffic, so friends and families will be able to cheer the riders home in safety. The finishers’ T-shirt and complimentary pasta meal will be served in the harbour car park, where Tenby Lions will be the hosts in the CARTEN100 marquee, with a full bar and BBQ.
The ride takes most cyclists about 10 hours, so expect the busiest activity to be from about 4pm.
And if you’re looking for something to do this Saturday, why not come along to Tudor Square and show your appreciation for the participants’ considerable efforts.