Stephen Roche back in the saddle for Leinster Loop
Published 18/08/2014 | 02:30
Tour de France winner Stephen Roche led nearly 1,800 cyclists on the Leinster Loop charity cycle at the weekend.
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.