D2S cycle ride returns

by Stuart Vose

Various ways to get involved in special event.

The D2S Challenge is set to take place in two months and the Foundation of Light has, this week, made places available for the Scotland to Sunderland leg of the cycle ride.

Last year, the D2S (Dublin to Scotland) Challenge was completed in full by 20 cyclists and this time round that figure is expected to rise to 40.

However, with the difficulty of committing to all five days from Wednesday 5th June to Sunday 9th June, the FoL has made available three different options to join the ride from Scotland into the Stadium of Light.

A ‘Scotland to Sunderland Weekender’ package is available with riders joining the team on the afternoon of Friday 7th June at Cairnryan on the Scottish coast. Riders will cycle 180 miles through the dramatic Galloway Hills into Dumfries, and then the triumphant return to Sunderland via Weardale and County Durham.

The package includes two nights’ accommodation, evening meals, and transport for the rider to their start point and an invitation to the celebration gala dinner at the Stadium of Light at the end of the ride. To secure a place on this package requires a £50 deposit with a pledge to raise a further £300.

A one night version of the Scotland to Sunderland Weekender package is also available with riders joining the team in Gretna Green on the Scottish border for a 120 mile ride.

To secure a place on this package requires a £50 deposit with a pledge to raise a further £250.

Finally, a ‘Final 50’ package is available with riders joining the team at Alston, one of the highest towns in the UK, before riding into Sunderland via County Durham. This package includes an invite to the celebration gala dinner.

Phil King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, says the FoL is keen to increase the popularity of the event after last year’s success.

“We’ve made these places because we wanted to make the Challenge accessible to those who couldn’t commit to the full five day ride but still wanted to take part,” King said.

“Both the Scotland to Sunderland weekender and the Final 50 rides will take in some of the most beautiful scenery each region has to offer and, as there was during last year’s event, there will be a great atmosphere within the team as they ride home to Sunderland.”

To take part in the full challenge, riders are required to pay £250 deposit and pledge to raise a minimum of £1,250 sponsorship. This will cover the cost of accommodation, three meals a day, a D2S Challenge cycle shirt, support staff and vehicles, and riders will be invited to launch and celebration dinners at corresponding ends of the route.

For further information about the event contact the Foundation on 0191 551 5191 or email events@foundationoflight.co.uk or visit www.dublintosunderland.co.uk