A group of motorcycling enthusiasts have set off from Wrexham on a 1,200-mile challenge across Wales, dressed as the 1970s stunt legend Evel Knievel.

The Cymru Knievels will be taking on the five-day ride to raise money for NSPCC Cymru/Wales from May 25 to May 29.

The group of 50 motorcyclists have already raised over £20,000 for the charity this year - which is dedicated to preventing abuse and helping those affected to recover.

Starting at Wrexham Lager brewery on Thursday, the event will include visits to Cardiff Arms Park, Big Pit National Coal Museum and a trip around Pembrey Circuit in a red double decker bus.

This is the 12th year of the event and the only UK event endorsed by the family of American stunt performer Robert Knievel, who was known as Evel Knievel.

Around 50 bikers are set to take part this year, and they will be joined by celebrity guests including Richard Jones from the Stereophonics and weather presenter Ruth Dodsworth along the way.

Coedpoeth man Jason Lewis, Ride Cymru Motorcycle Club chairman and event organiser, said: “After starting as a one-off event to raise £1,000, we are now in our 12th year and have raised over £200,000 for charity.

“We are so pleased to be raising vital funds to support the work of the NSPCC this year. It promises to be a special event, stopping off at some fantastic locations with a range of celebrity guests joining us, all to raise vital funds.

“We hope you will support us in being ‘Evel’ for a good cause.”

After leaving Wrexham Lager brewery, the first day will include stops at Glan y Gors Cerrigydrudion, Portmeirion, Anglesey Circuit before finishing at Holyhead.

The second day will see the Cymru Knievels make their way to RAF Valley before heading down to the Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon and then onto Pembrey Circuit in Llanelli.

Swansea Bus Museum is providing the group with a red double decker bus for bikers to travel around the circuit.

On Saturday, May 27, there will be a Wales V England rugby penalty kick competition at Cardiff Arms Park.


The fourth day will include visits to Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, before an awards evening at the White Lion Hotel in Bala.

The last day will include a penalty shoot-out at Bala Football Stadium, a trip to Rhug Estate where a stunt event will be held, before returning to the finish line in Wrexham.

The event will also pay tribute to Robbie Knievel, son of Evel Knievel, who died earlier this year.

Jessica Finnegan, community fundraising and partnerships manager at NSPCC Cymru/Wales, said: “This year’s Cymru Knievels challenge promises to be absolutely fantastic, and includes some very exciting events.

“We are so grateful the group has chosen to support NSPCC Cymru/Wales, raising money which will help us continue our work keeping children safe and preventing abuse."

She added: "We're simply blown away by how much they have raised - this is an astronomical amount and will fund the training of 10 new call handlers and their first 100 calls."