A: Lawrence Dallaglio and Freddie Flintoff wish to harness their status as two of England’s most iconic sportsmen to raise a large sum of money for charitable causes in the same year that sport’s most iconic event takes place in London.
To do so, they will cycle from Olympia in Greece – the birthplace of the ancient Olympic Games – to London, the venue for the latest edition of the modern Olympic Games.
The target is £2.012 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.
A: 2,872km (1,795 miles). It will take 26 days comprising 22 days of cycling and four built-in rest days. The Slam starts in Olympia, Greece on Monday April 23rd (St. George’s Day) and will finish in London on Friday May 18th.
The easiest Stage is the first, but that is full, as is Stage 2. All the stages are challenging in terms of distance and climbing. Stage 3 and 4 are beautiful rides through the Italian countryside and mountains, but they tend to be longer steady climbs – it is too early in the year to go too high on to the really big climbs
Stage 3 does include a little riding on the white dusty unmade roads used in the Giro – hence the ‘Strade Bianche’. Stage 4 is spectacular, in the Swiss Alps, starting in St Moritz, then along the southern shores of Lakes Walensee, and out into France through the magnificent nature reserve of the Massif du Ventron. There is not much climbing on Stage 5 – but it is long, the route traversing the glorious French countryside of the Champagne Region south of Reims, to Paris-Roubaix which is a unique technical and physical challenge, since there will be sections on the infamous pave (cobbles to you and me) – hence the ‘Hell of the North’, then via Eurotunnel to London. Party time.
As we know from last time, a lot depends on the weather. We had snow in Italy and sunshine in Edinburgh. One thing for certain – they are all great cycling roads, in beautiful countryside.
A: It will comprise five stages. These will be:
A: Yes, they will – and so will 11 other ‘core riders’. Other riders will ride specific stages or individual days.
A: Yes, they will be announced as they sign up, but will include former Olympians and a range of sporting and other celebrities.
A: The funds that are raised will initially go into the Lawrence Dallaglio and Andrew Flintoff Foundations, and Virgin Unite. From there, specific charitable causes will be granted funds – please see ‘Charities’ section of the website for detail.
A: Yes, in March 2010, Lawrence Dallaglio 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 the Dallaglio Foundation. Lawrence was joined on stages 4 and 5 of the 2010 ride by Andrew Flintoff, as part of his training programme after knee surgery. On the basis of their joint success in 2010, they have joined forces for The Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam
A: The Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam is being organised by a team of specialists from the sport, media and event management industry. Slam Chairman in Andrew Croker [email protected] and Event Director Rob Mauchlen – [email protected]