The EFRU Cycling Tour 2013

July 9, 2013 in General

Recently, the Emergency Fire & Rescue Unit organised its fourth edition of the ‘EFRU Cycling Tour’. The event was held in Sicily on the 31st May and 1st June 2013 and was attended by a good number of cycling enthusiasts, as well as 3 EFRU members.

The 250km route began and ended at Pozzallo, with 130km covered on the first day followed by an overnight stay in the vicinity of Catania. The route followed was chosen with the help of Pierre Zammit Endrich and our sponsors Medcomms, and took the cyclists along rural lanes (and up some rather steep and challenging hills) in the lovely Sicilian countryside. The use of main roads was kept to a minimum and a rescue team accompanied the cyclists.

Several cyclists had participated in past cycling events organised by the EFRU, whilst others were first-timers. The feedback received on this latest tour was highly positive.

Every cyclist has their own reasons for taking up the sport. One reason that many can agree on is that it provides a break from the stressful routine of everyday life. As one participant very aptly put it, “when I go out cycling, all I have on my mind is the road that I am on. That’s all…it’s extremely relaxing.”

As with every activity that the EFRU organise or participate in, there’s always some type of memorable moment. Whilst maybe not your typical idea of “funny”, one participant’s funniest moment of the whole trip was, in his words, “whilst cycling up the Iblei mountain pass (out of breath) I looked up to see Keith looking down, taking photos whilst eating…very funny!”.

Such a tour is organised at least once every two years and is a fund-raising event aimed at helping the EFRU meet its financial challenges. At present, most of the expenses incurred by the organisation are forked out by the volunteers themselves, as the EFRU receives very limited funding and support from a few local businesses.

Interested in participating in one of our next events? Let us know on [email protected] or follow us on www.efru.org and be amongst the first to know what’s on, when and where!

Deborah Cefai
EFRU Rescue Volunteer