Edinburgh to Rome: Scottish Cyclists Pedal for My Name’5 Doddie Foundation

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A group of seven friends is planning to cycle more than 2700 km from Edinburgh to Rome to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation, a charity supporting Motor Neurone Disease. The cycle will start at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium on 1 March, passing through London, rural France, and the Apennine mountains of Italy before reaching Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. The team aims to complete the cycle by 5pm on 8th March, with an average speed of 17mph. One of the cyclists, Davy Żyw, was diagnosed with MND five years ago and will join the team for the last leg of the journey. The team is also joined by his childhood friend, the owner of Edinburgh’s Electric Spirit Co, the owner of The Palmerston and co-owner of Lannan in Edinburgh, the Head of Beverage at JKS restaurant group, the Executive Chef at London’s Quality Chop House, a colleague at Berry Bros. & Rudd, and a Dubai-based participant. The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was set up by Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir, who was diagnosed with MND in 2017 and later passed away in 2022, with the aim of supporting research projects and treatments for MND. Details for supporting the cycle can be found at justgiving.com/team/cowboystew, and the group’s journey can be followed live at @rideformnd.

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