AS the 50th anniversary of Celtic’s greatest triumph draws ever closer, planning is underway ahead of a momentous supporters’ event to mark that famous night in Lisbon.
On May 6, 2017, The Road to Lisbon cycle will see participants depart from Celtic Park and journey through France and Spain, before finally arriving in Portugal at the hallowed site of the Estádio Nacional, a mere 1,650 miles later.
As well as commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 European Cup victory, the cycle – led by supporters Paul Muldoon and David Shearan – will raise funds for a series of charities including Celtic FC Foundation, Irish charity Children in Crossfire and Solving Kids Cancer.
Already, The Road to Lisbon has been met with a phenomenal response from the Celtic family, as close to 50 participants have pledged their support for this fittingly awe-inspiring challenge.
In the lead-up to the cycle, we are calling on supporters to get involved either by hopping on a bike for a portion of the route, or by providing voluntary assistance along the way.
Organisers are also appealing for sponsors, with various opportunities available including sponsorship of the logistics programme, cycling jerseys and official banners.
Speaking about the event, co-organiser, Paul Muldoon, said: “This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. With over nine months of training opportunities before we roll out of Celtic Park, we would encourage as many people as possible to take part in one or more of the 19 legs. If anyone has any questions, please just get in touch”
Celtic FC Foundation CEO, Tony Hamilton, added: “This is a great event, which many dedicated supporters are helping to organise and deliver. It’s a fantastic tribute to Celtic’s greatest team and I’m delighted that Celtic FC Foundation is one of the beneficiaries from the fundraising efforts.
“We are fully supportive of this and are very excited to be involved in the planning and to offer whatever assistance we can to the organisers.”
Taking place over a total of 20 nights, stage one of the cycle will see the group leave Celtic Park for Carlisle, before subsequently heading for Portsmouth and the St Malo Ferry.
The group will then tackle the west coast of France and the Pyrenees before entering the Iberian Peninsula at the beginning of the third week, culminating with an arrival in Lisbon on May 25, 2017.
Overview of routes & corresponding timelines –
Celtic Park – Carlisle – One day
Celtic Park – Portsmouth – Five days
Portsmouth/St Malo – Lisbon – 14 days
Celtic Park – Lisbon – 19 days
If you would like to donate to The Road to Lisbon cycle, you can do so here:https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/theroadtolisbon