An award-winning Welsh male choir will cycle more than 300 miles for charity and sing the national anthem at their final destination in Paris when Wales play France in the Six Nations later this month.
Setting off from the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 25 February, the choir will be joining over 50 other cyclists on the ride to the Stade de France to raise money for Shelter Cymru.
The 61 cyclists taking part this year will ride 60 to 70 miles a day in time to take their seats for the Six Nations showdown, except Only Men Aloud, who will be singing the Welsh national anthem, Mae Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau.
The cycle is known as Ride to the Rugby and last took place in February 2014 when cyclists rode to Dublin for the Ireland game. The Welsh Rugby Union support the ride and their chief executive, Roger Lewis said: “Welsh rugby has a proud heritage of song that follows the national squad all over the world and the WRU is proud to support Only Men Aloud as they set off on their 300-mile charity bike ride which culminates at the Wales versus France match in Paris next month.
“Only Men Aloud are talented individuals and huge rugby fans and it is a pleasure to work with great ambassadors for the nation as well supporting Shelter Cymru, a charity doing such positive work within Welsh communities. I’d also like to thank the FFR (French Rugby Union) for their cooperation and firm support of such a great cause.
“When thousands of travelling Welsh fans unite for the national anthem at the Stade de France, Wales’ reputation as the land of song will resonate loud and clear as well as providing a great lift to the national squad ahead of an important match in their Six Nations campaign.”
Shelter Cymru helps people with housing problems across Wales. Last year they helped 15,500 people and prevented homelessness in 80% of the cases where it was threatened.
Only Men Aloud were formed in 2000 and are an eight-piece Welsh choir who sing a variety of genres, from Welsh folksongs to pop.
You can sponsor them on their ride to France here.