As seen on page 96 of the new issue of Singletrack Magazine, we have some more details on Colin Down’s epic trip across Wales, climbing the height of Everest on the way… including full details if you’d like to try it yourself.
Colin takes up the story once again…
“On the 3rd – 6th June 2010 I rode Coast to Coast across North Wales from Aberystwyth to Prestatyn with three friends Russell Baker, Gareth Mather and Connor McIlwrath. We followed a 181 mile, 4 day mountain bike route that I had pieced together over the previous four years. It was a hard ride. We climbed at least twice the height of Snowdon each day and spent between 8 ½ – 9hrs on the bike. This wasn’t made any easier by temperatures in the high 20’s for the first three days. By the end of the four days, having climbed higher than Everest (approx. 29650ft), we were all shattered. Our legs were very tired and it wasn’t comfortable to sit down any more but we were overjoyed to have completed the ride. After dipping our wheels in the sea at Prestatyn we had just enough energy left to crack open a well deserved can of beer to celebrate the achievement with our families. The experience of riding so many great trails through the stunning scenery of the Cambrian Mountains, the Berwyns and Clwydian Range is something I will never forgot.
After the traumatic time my wife, Sabine, and I had with the birth of our twin daughters Mara and Elisabeth in 2009 I decided that, while riding the full route for the first time, I would try to raise as much money as possible for those who helped us:
Wrexham Special Care Baby Unit
The Alder Hey IMAGINE Appeal
Cherish Wrexham Parents Support Group
The Ronald McDonald House at Alder Hey
Details of why the ride charity happened, the route, the charities and how to donate are on my website: www.flattyresmtbroutes.com/ABigRideForLittleLives.html
Galleries covering each day of the ride can be found on the Blog:www.abigrideforlittlelives.co.uk
I have also produced a free Route Guide so you can attempt the ride yourself:
The fundraising page connected with this ride is still open for a while. If you would like to show your appreciation for the years of work that have gone into producing this route all I ask is that you donate something towards these fantasic causes: