Swans fans Ride to the Palace
22nd May 2015
Sixty Swans fans and staff members started their cycle journey to Crystal Palace from the Liberty Stadium this morning.
The team of riders, including former Swans players Michael Howard and Mike Hughes, set off on the 213-mile journey to Selhurst Park at 8am on Friday.
Swansea City have teamed up with Sarn Helen Cycle Events for the three-day Ride to the Palace to raise money for SwansAid.
The Community Trust fund helps raise money for local charities, with £100,000 worth of funding so far helping over 30 community groups, sports clubs and organisations in the south west Wales region.
Riders will be cycling 89 miles on day one to Bristol, 89 miles on day two to Windsor and around 40 miles on the final day into London.
Those taking part will then get the chance to watch the Swans' final Premier League game of the season against Crystal Palace.
Former Swans defender Michael Howard, who is now a project co-ordinator for Swans Community Trust has been training for the ride over the last few months.
"I am really excited to be part of the Ride to the Palace," said Howard. "Everyone taking part is excited and looking forward to get going."
"Just like on the football pitch, this will be a huge team effort over the next three days to get us all to London, but an exciting challenge for a great cause.
"SwansAid is a great cause and all the riders taking part will be helping improve facilities for young children and adults, helping them participate in all activities.
"It has been difficult fitting in the training and work with two young children, but to be honest I have enjoyed it and found a new hobby."
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