Following the success of the 55 mile Taff Trail ride, the riders have formed a cycle club under the auspices of Caldicot Male Voice Choir and known as Côr Meibion Caldicot Cycle Club (CMCCC). The new club has two founding principles: 1. to embrace the health benefits, attendant with organised social cycling and 2. to raise awareness and generate funding for an appointed charity. The club is already planning several medium distance rides thoughout the coming months for its members.
The choir celebrates its 50 year anniversary next year and intends to honour this pledge of helping local charities by the Cycling Club supporting ‘The Victims of Chernobyl Children’s Fund’ next year. This remarkable charity was set up by Mrs Marcia Doyle of Caldicot, and has been forwarding humanitarian aid to orphanages and hospitals in Belarus for 24 years. In conjunction with strategic practical assistance, administered directly in Belarus; the charity arranges for groups of Belarussian children to visit south Wales annually, in order to supplement their palliative care packages.
Next year’s challenge has been code named “Chernobyl 1600“, which is reflective of the approximate 1,600 mile distance between Caldicot and Chernobyl. The mission will involve club members cycling the 60 mile distance between Brecon and Caldicot, crossing over Llangynidr Mountain, on 14th July, 2013. The Belarussian group will be in Caldicot at this time, so the plan is for the children to welcome and receive the exhausted cyclists back to the Choir Hall, at the end of the ride. Furthermore, in order to raise individual sponsorship, a number of ‘designated’ cyclists have agreed to pledge to ride, between them the equivalent of the 1,600 miles, during the training and preparation period leading up to next July.
Further, we are delighted to announce that keen cyclist and long standing choir supporter, John Griffiths AM, Welsh Assembly Cabinet Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development has accepted the Choir’s invitation to become the Cycling Club’s first Patron. John, in this capacity will be a great help in raising awareness of our aims and efforts, both nationally and within the local community. We understand that he has every intention, public service schedule permitting, to accompany us on our Chernobyl 1600 ride from Brecon to Caldicot. Thank you John, your acceptance is very much appreciated and we look forward to a long and productive partnership.
If you are interested in supporting the choir’s cycle club, sponsoring individual riders in their efforts for the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, or even coming along on a practice ride, please contact any chorister or e-mail us.