A team of South Wales cyclists will set off on 225-mile charity ride from Newport to Anglesey this week hoping not to get entangled in Nato conference security in Newport.
The 2014 IAC Cycle Challenge is organised by Newport based system controls business Industrial Automation and Control Ltd, and will raise funds for British Heart Foundation.
The start of the event, on Thursday , was due to see the riders travel along a lane at Catsash, Newport, which runs right next to where the Nato Summit is taking place at the Celtic Manor Resort
IAC Ltd managing director Peter Lewis said: “We may well have to reconfigure our route at the start of our event what with all the security fencing and armed police guarding the Celtic Manor for the Nato Summit.
“We just want to get on with our ride but do understand the need for tight security for this event. Perhaps someone could have a quiet word with Barack Obama and let us get on our merry way?”
The charity cyclists, which includes a team from Newport accountants Ellis Lloyd Jones, have set a target of raising more than £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
Peter, a keen cyclist who has recovered from heart surgery, said: “The idea for the ride stemmed from an initial desire to improve the fitness levels of the entire team here at IAC Ltd.
“Last year’s two-day ride covered 150 miles from Newport to Tenby and helped raise £2,000 for Cancer Research. This year we’re hoping to do even better for charity with more people taking part and covering a longer distance over three days.”
The three-day ride, from September 4 to 7, will see the riders leave Newport, going through Usk, Abergavenny, Crickhowell, Builth Wells and on to Llanwrtyd Wells. Day two will see the cyclists head towards Llandovery, up to Lampeter, passing by Llanddewi-Brefi before heading over to Aberystwyth and finally on up to Machynlleth. Day three will see them head towards Dolgellau, past Cadir Idris, through Snowdonia and over the Menai Straits to Anglesey and their final destination of Llanfairpwllgwyngyll.
The 2014 IAC Cycle Challenge entrants include: Matthew King, Peter Lewis, Tony Dobbs, Andy Studley, all of IAC; Hazel Dobbs; John Richards, of Siemens, Chris Williams, Richard Ellis , Andrew O'Brien of Ellis Lloyd Jones, Ed Attree and Dennis Morgan, Hunt Morgan Rostron, Solicitors.
To find out more about the challenge or to sponsor the team please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/IAC-Cycling-2014 or www.facebook.com/iacltd