Hoppers to host Doddie Cup 500 Cyclists

Date: 29 January 2022

The cycling arm the club, Hoppers Rollers, have been asked to host a feed station for the Doddie Cup 500 cycle challenge. 

At 10am on 10th February 2022, 100 cyclists will leave Murrayfield Stadium with the match ball for the Doddie Weir Cup. Their aim will be to get to the Principality Stadium in Cardiff in time for the KO of the Wales v Scotland match. The team will aim to complete the challenge in 50 hours and will cover over 500 miles in the process.

Among the individuals taking part there will be some well known names from British rugby over the last 30 years. Including Mike Teague from England, Shane Williams from Wales, Paul Wallace from Ireland and Craig Chalmers from Scotland. As well as heroes of the cycling world in Mark Beaumont and maybe even Sir Chris Hoy himself for a few miles!

All have been inspired by their old team mate/opponent, Doddie Weir, and his fight against MND and will all be cycling for 2 days along the cold and dark winter roads to raise funds for My Name’5 Doddie foundation.  Rugby clubs along the route – including Preston Grasshoppers – are providing feed stations.

They will pass through Preston at around 11pm in the evening of 10th February. The Hoppers Rollers will have a team up the road in Lancaster to escort them in, and are setting up the feed station in the Dooley Suite with tray bakes, sausage rolls and energy food plus tea and coffee on demand!

If you can help on the night please email Richard Ellis

If you would like to donate to this great cause with a rugby legend behind it, you can do so through the Just Giving link below.


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