Cyclists tackling gruelling journey for Down Syndrome
Published 12/08/2011 | 05:00
Around 150 cyclists are putting their endurance to the test when they take on the six counties of Munster in the name of charity.
The 'Tour de Munster' covers a total of 600km over a gruelling four-day period.
The tour, which launched at Cork City Hall yesterday, is in its 11th year of raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. The last few years have seen cyclists from all over Ireland, England, Wales and further afield taking part.
The event is not taken lightly and the 130 men and 20 women, led out by Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly, are all expected to keep a "cracking pace".
Tour organiser Paul Sheridan said that it was undoubtedly a "cyclist's cycle" and that everyone taking part was expected to finish.
"It's definitely not an event for fundraisers to do a bit of cycling but rather for cyclists to do a bit of fundraising. Most of us don't have the skills to directly assist people with Down Syndrome but we want to help," he said.
"This is our way of giving the teachers and doctors that can help some financial support that they need and deserve," he said.
The tour has raised a total of €790,000 since 2000, raising €250,000 alone last year. The tour is due to arrive back in Cork at around 5pm on Sunday.