Charity, Motorbikes, Motorcycle Insurance, Scooters, Trikes

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Dozens of Evel Knievel look-a-like bikers will be cruising the highways and byways along the rural borders of Wales next week in the sixth annual Ride Cymru event for charity.

The event follows the 1,070-mile navigable roadway perimeter of the country over five consecutive days of riding.

Each day dozens of motorcyclists will cover around 200 miles on routes that follow a complex mix of back lanes, B-roads and A-roads. Riders face everything from steep hill climbs to city drive-throughs and beachside promenades.

Entrants must raise a minimum of £20 per day, or £100 in total, to enter the full five-day event by raising sponsorship or making an entry donation to Macmillan Cancer Support on the event’s charity fundraising site.

Riders also get the added benefit of a few laps at Llandow, Pembrey and Anglesey Circuits, which form part of the route.

This is the third year that bikers have been asked to dress up as the American motorcycle stunt legend Evel Knievel who, during his career attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps and in 1974 was unsuccessful in his attempt to jump the quarter mile Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket.

Knievel died of pulmonary disease in Clearwater, Florida, in 2007, aged 69.

The 2017 event gets off to a rolling start at the Welsh border village of Holt, near Wrexham, on Thursday (April 27).

On day two the bikers leave Chepstow, strike west for a fundraising stop in Cardiff and visit Llandow and Pembrey Circuits before following the South Wales coastline.

Day three departs at Carmarthen and follows an epic 220-mile trek along the Pembrokeshire Coast national park.

On day four the bikers will exit Aberystwyth and follow the west Wales coastline before taking time out to enjoy the Anglesey circuit.

The final day leaves Holyhead on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, and follows the north Wales coastline and then heads back to Holt.

To donate visit the Ride Cymru Just Giving page, or go to the official Ride Cymru website to find out how to take part.

If you are planning a ride out this bank holiday weekend, make sure your insurance is up to date.

 

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