In 2017 a group of cyclists got on their bikes and travelled the 1,300 miles between Celtic Park and Lisbon’s Estadio National stadium where Celtic’s greatest ever achievement was reached. As well as celebrating and honouring the 50th anniversary of this historical moment that can never be matched, the group also raised a magnificent total in excess of £80K for charities, including Celtic FC Foundation.
Largely the same group, with some welcome additions, took on a similar challenge in May 2023 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Club reaching the UEFA Cup Final in 2003, by again departing Celtic Park for mainland Europe, this time, travelling the 1,050 miles to Estadio Olímpico in Seville. Thanks to their outstanding efforts, an astonishing total of around £99K was raised in support of Celtic FC Foundation.
One cyclist who played a pivotal role in the original Lisbon trip in 2017, was Paul Muldoon. Paul had been set on taking part in the cycle to Seville earlier this year, but sadly was involved in an accident and suffered injuries that curtailed his plans. However, he is now ready to get back on his bike and add to the achievements of the cyclists from the Road to Seville.
Paul will cycle the 1,050 miles in a virtual setting, mirroring every hill and valley that the group encountered along the way from Celtic Park to Seville.
Paul spoke of his mammoth personal challenge, saying: “I was bitterly disappointed that due to chronic back, neck, and significant nerve pain, I sadly had to withdraw from the Seville cycle after having enjoyed the Lisbon challenge so much. I was thankful to still be able to make a small contribution by being part of the support team, helping to co-ordinate the social media during the challenge.
“However, I am now recovering and back in the saddle and I plan to cycle the journey from Glasgow via Ireland and on to Seville. I won’t be fast but I will get there. I will be making the journey virtually using some sophisticated software and will post regular updates.”
Still on the road to fitness, Paul plans to have completed his task over the next few weeks and is eager to help his Seville team mates smash the £100K barrier.
Paul added: “I am looking forward to working through my goal of gradually being able to complete the simulated cycle at home, which I hope will help further promote the work of the Foundation, raise some much needed funds and aid my own rehabilitation.”
We wish Paul well on his road to recovery, as well as his own personal Road to Seville challenge.
You can help Paul reach his target by donating HERE