The 2016 Dalmatian Bike Ride

Did you spot any of the 333 Dalmatian cyclists, taking over the streets of Newport, in Wales last weekend? Mike from our South West team, returned to his hometown to lend a hand at the 5th annual Dalmatian Bike Ride.

With the charity cycle ride now in its fifth year Mike, went back home to help out as a marshal in order to supervise the sporting event, for the second year running. The Dalmatian Bike Ride saw 333 cyclists of all ages and abilities, set off to complete one of two circular routes around Newport, from Caerleon. The cyclists donned their spotted fancy dress costumes on a choice of a 20 or 40 mile route around the area, and rolled into The Priory, back in Caerleon for a BBQ Festival Finale.

Mike with the help of his grandson, patrolled the 40 mile route to ensure the safety of the cyclists and spectators. “Following on from the success of last year, the event went very well, all ran smoothly, the weather was great for the riders and everyone had smiles on their faces. I will definitely be riding next year.” – Mike, South West Brunel Resources team.

The Dalmatian Bike Ride, which is organised in aid of St David’s Hospice, was first set up five years ago in memory of John Dixon, who died from bowel cancer after he had been looked after at the hospice. A history of the charity cycle ride can be found on their website.

In the last four years the bike ride has raised over £101,000 for charity with over 1000 cyclists taking part, and the event hopes to boast over 500 cyclists in 2017. St David’s hospice is hoping to add an extra £25,000 to the fundraising total after they have counted up this year’s fundraising amount.