Team take on Asia to Anglesey by push bike

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Three friends are set to take on a mammoth eight week Asia to Anglesey cycling challenge to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and St David’s Hospice, Llandudno.

Andy Fowell, 63, Steve MacVicar, 60, and Roger Thomas, 65 will take to the saddle on 28 March cycling from Istanbul, Turkey to Holyhead, Anglesey where they live.

And they have the backing of comedian Tudur Owen, also from Anglesey, who’s become the patron for this event.

Tudur, best known for his shows on BBC Radio 4 and Radio Cymru, said:

“I’m honoured to have been invited to be patron for this extraordinary challenge. I must admit however, that when I first heard about the event I thought it was an impossible task. But I played rugby with Steve many years ago and know that behind that calm exterior is a very tough competitor. So I have no doubt that Steve, Andy and Roger have what it takes to complete this epic journey and look forward to following their progress across Europe.”

The trio, who enjoy riding as a hobby, will follow the Iron Curtain Cycle Trail crossing 14 countries, cycling 5500 kilometres and climbing four mountain ranges.

Through sponsorship and fundraising they hope to raise £20,000 with the MND Association set to receive half.

Andy Fowell, a former trustee for the Association and a retired consultant in Palliative Care, said:

“We’re really looking forward to the challenge. I’m sure it will create a lifetime of memories. Steve has been talking about the trail for years, now he has joined myself and Roger in retirement, he has no excuse!

“We will be cycling at least 65 miles a day and it will be just us and our bikes, no support vehicles. It’s a huge challenge. We will push through the winds, rain and snow and try and remain friends throughout!

“I have worked with both the MND Association and St David’s Hospice. I believe that the money we raise can help to continue the development of high quality end of life care and the continued research into cause and treatment of MND.

“Many thanks to Faun Trackway and Williams Denton for their kind sponsorship and support.”

Follow the trio’s adventure via their Facebook page ‘AsiaToAnglesey’. To show your support and make a donation go to their Virgin Money Giving page.

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