In a nutshell, what’s the Dallaglio Cycle Slam all about?
The Dallaglio Cycle Slam is Dallaglio RugbyWorks’ 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 Evian in the French Alps, through the Swiss Alps down through the Italian Lakes, through Slovenia and down to Split in Croatia.
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?
1,780km. It will take 19 days comprising 15 days of cycling and 4 built-in rest/travel days. The Slam starts in Evian, France on Sunday 27th May 2018 and will finish in Split, Croatia, Thursday 14th June 2018.
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 three stages. These will be:
- Evian, France to Como, Italy
- Como, Italy to Udine, Italy
- Udine, Italy to Split, Croatia
Will Lawrence be riding the entire distance?
Yes, he will - and so will 29 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 RugbyWorks programmet - 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 Dallaglio RugbyWorks. 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. Finally in 2016, 20 core riders were flanked by 150 riders for 2,000km from San Sebastian to Andorra, to Barcelona, around Mallorca and ending in Ibiza raising £1 million for Dallaglio RugbyWorks.
Who is organising the Dallaglio Cycle Slam?
The Dallaglio Cycle Slam is being organised by Dallaglio RugbyWorks with the help and support of sport event specialists, J&N Consultants.