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Doddie Cup 555 Ride kicks off at Principality Stadium

200 riders prepare to set off on the Doddie Cup 555 ride from the Principality Stadium in Cardiff to Murrayfield in Edinburgh ahead of the Six Nations match between Wales and Scotland to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Credit: Huw Evans Agency

The epic Doddie Cup 555 Ride kicked off at Principality Stadium, Cardiff this morning in support of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Rob Wainwright, Doddie Weir’s Scotland, and British & Irish Lions teammate, leads the 200-strong peloton on its 555-mile journey from Principality Stadium to BT Edinburgh Murrayfield.

Riders are now embarking on a gruelling route via rugby clubs across Wales, England, and Scotland in time for the Scotland vs Wales Six Nations Championship match on Saturday 11th February, where The Princess Royal will receive the match ball.

The star-studded team of famous faces and rugby legends will attempt to make the trip in just 48 hours.

Names include international rugby players and endurance cyclists, such as Sir Chris Hoy  MBE, world record breaker Mark Beaumont, former England captain Martin Johnson, and former Scotland international Carl Hogg – one of Weir’s closest friends.

There is also a team made up of Weir’s teammates from the victorious 1997 British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa including Paul Wallace, Jeremy Davidson, and Tim Stimpson.

HRH The Princess Royal presented the Scotland vs Wales Six Nations match ball at Gloucester Rugby Club yesterday ahead of the Saturday’s match.

The ride takes place during the last week of Doddie Aid 2023, a national fundraising event where over 38,000 fundraisers across the UK have already rallied to raise as much money as possible for MND research.

The teams are aiming to raise over £500,000 which includes generous sponsorship from Glenkinchie, Milwood Capital, John Clark Motor Group, Atkins, Rapid Relief Team (RRT), INEOS, GAWS, Thrifty, Wood Foundation, Univar Solutions, Bailie Gifford, Baker Hughes, Spaceships Rentals, JT3, CEF, Isle of Coll Distillery, Halliburton and Babble.

​All donations make an important difference and can be made on the Doddie Cup 555 Ride page here.