The Spirit and History of CARTEN100
From an initial four riders in 2004 the challenge of riding the 100 miles from Cardiff to Tenby has kept growing in popularity with more and more friends, colleagues and acquaintances joining in. Today CARTEN100 has c1800 riders taking on the challenge.
For All Levels Of Riders
Our ride is not a sportive or a timed race. We welcome all levels of riders from experienced cyclists to those who are new or coming back to cycling.
The CARTEN100 ride takes place over a thirteen hour period and we support our riders with feed stations that have grown from our initial site which was the “Express Café” at Margam for the full English to what we have today at Baglan, Bury Port, Carmarthenshire Athletic Rugby Club and the Alpha Inn at Tavernspite.
An Achievable Challenge
From the outset of CARTEN100 the two main objectives of this fun cycle are to set an achievable challenge for novice riders to encourage them to become fit and enjoy cycling, and to raise money for good causes – in 2018 we celebrated a million pounds raised.
The CARTEN100 is open to all ages and abilities are encouraged to ‘have a go’ having undertaken at least some training, as although it is fun, it is also a challenge as the riders of the ‘marmite years 2013 & 2014’ found out when they spent all day cycling into a head wind.
Please use the following links to read about the event in past years and browse the photos to see the evolution of our shirt designs and improvements in cycling gear!
A Classic CARTEN100 year with good weather, little wind and a sunny Tenby to enjoy at the end of the ride. New sponsors Andrew Scott Ltd provided the finish pavilion in Tenby Harbour. Tenby Lions provided the food an drink for all.
2022 saw life for our riders and CARTEN100 return to normal with a finish in Tenby Tudor Square. Our Charity partner Latch was our main beneficiary. Great weather made for a superb ride and end to a long hard day. The conversation was all about doing it again in 2023.
2021 was quite an achievement after 3 cancellations due to COVID19 before the ride finally got away in September 2021. We supported Velindre over this period. With a change in the finish and a different feel for our riders, we were delighted to get riders on the road again.
Under the banner ‘Riding out Taboos’ with donations to Jo’s Trust Cervical Cancer, Prostate Cymru & Llamau and smaller donations to other charities. Fantastic year with the wind behind us.
Donations made to Velindre Cancer Centre and Tenovus Cancer Care’s ‘Closer to Home Appeal’. We also dedicated the ride to a Ride for Simon. After this ride CARTEN100 had fundraised over 1 million pounds for Welsh Charities.
A big year with match funding by Sofa Sofa & RESOLVEit donated to JDRF – the Type 1 medical research charity and a number of smaller donations to other charities.
Working with Noah’s Ark Children's Hospital Charity and a number of smaller donations to other charities.
Working with Velindre Fundraising, HOPE and Withybush and our rider numbers peaked at 1700 for the first time.
Marie Curie Hospice & Holme Towers Penarth and 1200 riders.
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital Charity and 890 riders.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and 670 riders.
Velindre Fundraising and Withybush SCBU and 350 riders
Ty Hafan and 170 riders
Ty Hafan and 78 riders
Ty Hafan and 40 riders
The Joshua Foundation and 40 riders
Ty Hafan and 24 riders
With only 12 riders and still no cycling gear!
With the original 4 riders and no cycling gear!