CARTEN100, a 106-mile charity bike ride from Cardiff to Tenby, has been postponed due to warnings of severe weather caused by Storm Hannah. The ride had been due to take place today. Organisers are currently trying to a suitable date to reschedule.
CARTEN100 has grown from just four riders taking part in 2004 to 2,500 cyclists last year. It is described as “a leisurely ride” where the philosophy is to get people back onto their bikes by preparing to cycle 100 miles.
The day itself sees money raised for charities and ends with a celebratory drink or two in Tenby.
“It is a challenge, never a race,” they say.
However, the BBC reports that with a forecast of heavy rain and wind gusts of up to 55mph (90km/h) organisers considered conditions unsafe.
Writing on the event website, founder rider Peter Palmer said: “For the first time in 15 years, it’s with a very heavy heart that I write this statement, but I regret to inform that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the CARTEN100 ride this Saturday 29 April 2019.
“We have not come to this decision lightly, but we have been in discussion alongside our partners and riders whilst closely monitoring weather charts to see if the storm will alter its course. However, on the advice of the local councils, the police, and our medical team, we feel it is unsafe to have the ride go ahead as planned this Saturday.”
He continued: “Please keep a hold of your ride numbers as we are working with our partners to see if there is a suitable date to reschedule. We aim to communicate this information as soon as we can, but this will take time. We work across six local authorities and we’ve spent six months on this event. We will work as fast as we can to alter the set plans to allow you to ride in 2019.”
— Adrian Coles (@adrianjcoles) April 27, 2019