As title partner of Premiership Rugby, Gallagher has announced that a core fleet of former professional rugby union players, including ex-England international Jack Clifford and ex-Scotland international Nathan Hines, will take on a seven-day 750-mile cross-country cycle challenge for charity next month.
Joined for the duration by GB ParaTri Athlete Louis Rolfe MBE, who won gold at the Rio Paralympics as a track cyclist, the Road to Twickenham rugby riders are aiming to raise a minimum of £30,000 for Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby, as well as local Premiership Rugby Foundations along the route.
The core squad will be joined in part by ex-England international and Harlequins legend Ugo Monye, who is also a Gallagher ambassador. Prevented from taking on the full challenge due to pre-existing injuries, Ugo will fire the starting pistol in Newcastle and champion the team throughout their journey south, before cheering the pack over the finish line and into Twickenham Stadium.
From 11 to 18 June, the core team of current and ex-professional rugby cyclists, including Will Johnson, Rob Vickers, Charlie Sharples, Jonny Arr, and Will Hurrell, will put their minds and bodies to the test by covering all 750 miles in one week. They will take time to stop off at 11 of the 13 Gallagher Premiership Rugby clubs along the way to raise awareness and support for the charitable causes, before the challenge culminates in the Gallagher Premiership Rugby trophy being ridden into the Home of England Rugby on the day of the 2022 Final.
This ‘Road to Twickenham’ challenge will see an incredible overall pack of at least 650 fundraising cyclists taking part, including hundreds of Gallagher colleagues and clients. Every Gallagher employee taking part will also have the opportunity to double their donations through the Gallagher Matched Giving scheme.
The cross-country ride commences at the home of the Newcastle Falcons, Kingston Park, on Saturday 11 June before heading via Darlington and Skipton to Sale Sharks’ AJ Bell Stadium. The full schedule of the cycle challenge can be found below.
|The Road to Twickenham Cycle Route|
|Day 1||Saturday 11th June||Newcastle – Skipton (107 miles)|
|Day 2||Sunday 12th June||Skipton – Sale – Uttoxeter (111.4 miles)|
|Day 3||Monday 13th June||Uttoxeter – Leicester – Wasps – Northampton (108.9 miles)|
|Day 4||Tuesday 14th June||Northampton – Worcester – Gloucester (106.5 miles)|
|Day 5||Wednesday 15th June||Gloucester – Bristol – Exeter (124.3 miles)|
|Day 6||Thursday 16th June||Exeter – Bath (91.2 miles)|
|Day 7||Friday 17th June||Bath – Newbury – Twickenham Stoop (108.3 miles)|
|Day 8||Saturday 18th June||Twickenham Stoop – Twickenham Stadium|