An engineer from research and technology organisation TWI is saddling up for the ride of a lifetime to raise funds for the victims of the current refugee crisis.
‘Pedalling Revolution’ is the dream of Stavros Avramidis, who alongside his fellow team members will set off from Cardiff on Saturday 13 August to begin a journey that will see them cycle across 16 countries in 35 days. The intrepid group of cyclists are riding to raise money for refugee camps and charities in Greece, with a vision of creating a ‘peaceful revolution’ promoting peace and equality.
The challenging route – over tough terrain including the Alps and the sparsely inhabited mountains of Macedonia and Albania, in the searing summer heat – isn’t a deterrent to Stavros and the team, who have been training hard to cope with the conditions and plan to cover an impressive 130km a day.
Stavros says of the trip, ‘We are a group of friends, lovers of the outdoors and keen cyclists and have set ourselves a challenge, a challenge that will be one of the biggest adventures of our lives: a cycle ride from Wales to Greece, from the west to the east of Europe, crossing as many countries as possible on our way there. Our symbolic route will take us across 16 countries and is a journey that many people might have attempted in reverse on foot, trying to get from southeast to northwest Europe.
‘It will be a ride open to anyone who wants to join for the whole length or part of the journey and we would be happy to meet as many people as possible along the way.
‘I’m also delighted to receive the backing of my employer, TWI, who has contributed as a sponsor.’
The team’s journey concludes at the Greek-Turkish border town of Kipoi after stops in Rotterdam, Cologne, Strasbourg, Vaduz in Lichtenstein, the Swiss Alps, Venice, Dubrovnik, Florina and Thessaloniki.
Follow the team’s progress on Facebook or visit the Pedalling Revolution website (www.pedallingrevolution.uk) for more information.
To make a donation to the charities chosen by the team for the work on the refugee crisis they’ve carried out, both in Greece and internationally, visit the team’s Just Giving page via the Pedalling Revolution website. T-shirts to show support can also be purchased via the Pedalling Revolution website