Wednesday 17 September 2014

Stephen Roche back in the saddle for Leinster Loop

Published 18/08/2014 | 00:00

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Stephen Roche and fellow cyclists start the Loop of Leinster charity cycle from St Laurence’s GAA club, Narraghmore, Co Kildare

Tour de France winner Stephen Roche led nearly 1,800 cyclists on the Leinster Loop charity cycle at the weekend.

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And there was a 33pc increase in the number of people taking part from last year.

Cyclists had a choice of four routes around Kildare, Laois and Carlow, with varying degrees of difficulty.

Around €30,000 was raised over the two-day event and the money will be shared between Breast Cancer Research and St Laurence's Community Centre in Dublin.

Roche flew back from France, where he's currently living, for a cause that is close to his heart.

"My son Florian suffered from leukemia a few years back and my partner was diagnosed with breast cancer.

"Anything I could do to raise awareness for these causes, I jumped at the chance," he continued.

Mr Roche is excited about the increase of people wanting to cycle in the country.

"It's a much healthier option, and adults and kids benefit from it," he said.

Irish Independent

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