In a nutshell, what’s the Dallaglio Cycle Slam all about?
The Dallaglio Cycle Slam is the Dallaglio Foundation’s largest fundraising event. It is a challenge that sees Lawrence Dallaglio, alongside 200 supporters, cycle to raise money for his charity.
To do so, he will cycle from San Sebastian across the Pyrenees to Barcelona before tackling the hills of Majorca and the island of Ibiza.
The target is to raise £1 million. It will be raised via corporate sponsorship, fundraising events, private donations, entry fees and sponsorship funds raised by anyone who rides in the event.
How long is the journey, how long will it take and when does the event take place?
1861.2km. It will take 19 days comprising 16 days of cycling and 3 built-in rest days. The Slam starts in San Sebastian, France on Sunday May 29th 2016 and will finish in Ibiza, Sunday June 19th 2016.
Which stages are hardest, and which the easiest?
All the stages are challenging in terms of distance and climbing. For detailed descriptions of each stage please look at the stage pages on the website. As we know from last time, a lot depends on the weather but one thing is for certain - they are all great cycling roads, in beautiful countryside.
How will the journey be divided up?
It will comprise four stages. These will be:
- San Sebastian, Spain to Andorra
- Andorra to Barcelona, Spain
- A tour of Majorca
- Bonus stage: two days of cycling in Ibiza
Will Lawrence be riding the entire distance?
Yes, he will - and so will 19 other ‘core riders’.
Are any other well-known people going to take part in the ride?
Yes, they will be announced as they sign up, but will include former Rugby Players and a range of sporting and other celebrities.
What charities or project will benefit from the event?
The funds that are raised will go to the Dallaglio Foundation RugbyWorks project - please see the About Us section of the website for detail.
Has Lawrence attempted anything like this before?
Yes, in March 2010, Lawrence completed a 2,400km from Rome to Edinburgh, visiting each of the Six Nations rugby stadia en route. £1.14 million was raised, shared equally between Sport Relief (BBC) and the Dallaglio Foundation. Lawrence was joined on stages 4 and 5 of the 2010 ride by Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, as part of his training programme after knee surgery. On the basis of his success in 2010, he joined forces with Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff for The Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam in 2012. This ride saw them cycle from the birthplace of the Olympics in Greece across Europe to the new Olympic Stadium in London, England. The travelled 2,872km in 26 days raising a staggering £2m! In 2014 the event tackled the climbs and passes of the great races from Northern Italy through the Dolomites, Swiss and French Alps and then from the start of the 2014 Tour de France to London. Riders covered 2320.9km and brought in over £1 million.
Who is organising the Cycle Slam?
The Dallaglio Cycle Slam is being organised by the Dallaglio Foundation with the help and support of sport event specialists, Achieve Events.