Princethorpe’s Cyclists Conquer 202-Mile Challenge

Over the summer holidays, Princethorpe College’s Cycling Club undertook the 202-mile Coast-to-Coast Challenge that runs from the bottom to the top of Wales. This infamous route, known as the Lon Las Cymru, is one that really tests a cyclist’s mettle.

On the seven-day trip, eleven pupils and four staff pedalled from Chepstow Castle in the south, up through the Gospel Pass and Hay-on-Wye, into the Black and the Cambrian Mountains, then up into Snowdonia, passing through Machynlleth, Dolgellau and on past Harlech and Criccieth Castles to finish at one of the loveliest towns in North Wales, Caernarfon. Along the way, Princethorpe’s tourers cycled up through the highest pass in Wales, undertook one of the steepest ascents in the National Cycle Network and enjoyed some of Wales’ most picturesque views.

Minor teething problems such as the inevitable saddle sores and punctures did not dent the cheerful spirit of the group, who embraced all they encountered with enthusiasm and resilience.

Staying in comfortable Youth Hostels along the way there was plenty of recovery time for the boys and they even managed to watch one of England's World Cup matches on the big screen at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth.

Trip leader, Will Bower, commented on the camaraderie of the boys, “What was most impressive was the bonding between the pack. With boys from across different year groups it was great to see how well they got on, how they helped and encouraged one another during some of our longer days when we were riding well over 40 miles.”

For all of the tourers the sense of pride and achievement as they approached Caernarfon was palpable. Princethorpe’s 2018 Cycling Challenge was a super summer adventure that made memories and muscles that will surely last a lifetime.

With thanks to the accompanying members of staff: Will Bower, Cyp Vella, Daniel White and Debs Brookes.

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