Bath Rugby Foundation

Foundation disability students cycle 400km in French 400 send off

Foundation students show solidarity with 80 fundraising cyclists about to set off on French 400 challenge by taking on their own ‘Bath Leg’ of the event

Bath Rugby Foundation is renowned for organising top notch cycling events, and on 4th October they are taking a trip across the channel to France. The French 400 is three spectacular days of cycling along the Normandy coastline raising much needed funds for Bath Rugby Foundation.

For our 80 cyclists, knowing where their hard fundraised money goes and getting to know our participants is as much part of the experience as the ride itself, and that’s why on 25th September, the Foundation is running the ‘Bath Leg’ of the French 400. Taking place at Odd Down Cycle Track, students from our Hi5! After School Club will collectively cycle 400km in superhero fancy dress and are being sponsored to do so, as a sign of solidarity with our fundraisers – as well as a great challenge for themselves. 

The French 400 is part of the Foundation’s ‘Six Nations Bike Ride’ series which saw the team head to Ireland in 2016 for the Giant Cause Bike Ride which attracted 65 cyclists taking on a 500 mile ride from Cork to Giants Causeway over 6 days, raising £50,000 for the charity. Ex Bath, England and even some British and Irish Lions. Nigel Redman, Richard Webster, David Egerton, John Hall, Steve Ojomo, and Club President David Trick, to name a few, are all signed up to take part.

Representatives from Bath Rugby will be coming along to cheer on our participants as well as local businesses and our fundraisers and their families. A brilliant example of the community coming together to change local young lives for the better.

David Trick, Club President and event organiser said: “The French 400 is going to be a truly memorable trip and we can’t wait to welcome new riders into the fold for this challenge of a lifetime. It’s really important to us that we help the riders to see the type of work they are supporting and I cant wait for them to see the look on the children’s faces as they take on their own 400km challenge.”

Becks Toan, Inclusion Coach said: “At our Hi5! Clubs the students try new sports every week. They are constantly surprising us, exceeding our expectations and we think they are superheroes, which is where this event idea came from. Taking on a challenge like this is brilliant for their development – it will be a huge achievement for them to work together to hit the 400km mark – and our staff will be helping to notch up a few miles too!”


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