Chiefs Cycle Club announce this seasons European Challenge – Castres 2018!

Once again A group of 30 intrepid Exeter Chiefs supporters will be raising money for the Exeter Foundation by cycling from Exeter to Montpellier.

The 520 mile route of the Exeter Rugby European Cycle Challenge will take 6 days to complete, beginning at the home of the Exeter Chiefs, Sandy Park on October 14th 2018 and finishing at the Stade Pierre Fabre to watch the Chiefs take on Castres in the European Champions Cup.

This year’s ride will take the overnight ferry from Plymouth to Santander and then a picturesque route through northern Spain, the Pyrennees and southern France before finishing in Castres the Friday before the game. Speaking about the Exeter Rugby European Cycle challenge, organiser David Cosford said: “There are a large number of cycling enthusiasts who support Exeter Rugby and this is a great opportunity to combine the two passions, have a great time and raise money for very worthy causes. This is the fourth challenge of its kind which have raised over £50k for the Foundation!"

There will be an event link on the charities Virgin money giving pages which cyclists can create their own fundraising page from to encourage people to donate and support as much as possible. The ride is open to a whole range of riding abilities and will be fully supported by mini-buses who will provide regular food, hot drinks and rest stops en-route. Local rugby clubs are also being contacted on the way down to provide additional support on the way.

The European Cycle Challenge, which is sponsored by SWComms and supported by 5D Group and Exeter Rugby Club, will add to the Exeter Chiefs Foundation’s non-designated fund, which can be applied for by local projects that are occurring within Exeter and its surrounding areas. Additional sponsors are also being sought to supply clothing and transport for the trip.

Tony Rowe, Chief Executive of Exeter Rugby Club and Chairman of the Exeter Foundation said: “We are pleased to support this new fundraising event for the Exeter Foundation, which will help raise funds for projects and causes in Exeter.”

Places to take part in the Exeter Rugby European Cycle Challenge are limited to 30, and interested parties are invited to go to the Exeter Chiefs Cycling website where they can register for the ride or contact David Cosford at

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