Ex-Wales and British & Irish Lions star Shane Williams, who is Wales’ record try-scorer, has taken time to chat exclusively to RUCK in-between riding sessions as he looks to complete 774 miles on an indoor training bike within a week.
That is the distance the 43-year-old had been set to cycle outdoors in various charity events in 2020.
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After being hugely inspired by @geraintthomas86 and his challenge this week I realised I’ve had a number of charity events cancelled or postponed so I’m doing this instead…. If you’d like to donate then great but if you fancy donating and joining me on @gozwift then amazing! From 22nd April 8am I will be attempting to cycle 774 miles in a week to raise funds for some fantastic charities.https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=ShaneWilliams&pageUrl=1
Williams, who is raising money for organisations including the NHS, has already shattered his original £5,000 target, raising over £9,000.
“These charities need our help more than ever,” Williams wrote on his page on Virgin Money Giving.
Two days and 222 miles into his challenge, Williams spoke to RUCK about how he’s finding the ride: “It’s much harder indoors,
“Outdoors – the views keep you occupied meaning you keep the faith and always have to be on the lookout for cars. Indoors – you are staring at the walls. It’s physically hard and mind-numbingly boring – but safer indoors.”
He added: “Cycling is physically tough if you are not used to it and it doesn’t take long before you start feeling tired and become sore.
“I’ve been blown away by the support I’ve had so far. People can still donate afterwards.
“I know it’s a difficult time and people are struggling but all donations are welcome.”
Now for his dream back three:
The Welshman has selected a back three of the best players he played with or against:
Bryan Habana (South Africa)
“My first choice– I had some great battles with Bryan in my time. He’s won Rugby World Cup’s, player of the year, try of the year…everything there is to win.”
Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)
“I could realistically choose any New Zealand winger from the last 10 years, but I’d go with Joe. Scored against Wales a number of times, so much pace, and a very good finisher,”
Lee Byrne (Wales/Lions)
“Best full back, played with him at Ospreys, Wales, Lions. An underrated player. I still can’t believe he wasn’t mentioned as the best player during the 2009 Lions tour,”