Friday 26 December 2014

Ray D’Arcy urging wannabe cyclists to take eight-week challenge

Published 20/02/2014 | 15:23

Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy pictured  with Console’s fundraising manager Ciaran Tighe and top ultra-distance cycling champion Ricky Geoghegan. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy pictured with Console’s fundraising manager Ciaran Tighe and top ultra-distance cycling champion Ricky Geoghegan. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.

Today FM Broadcaster Ray D’Arcy is urging those interesting in cycling to sign up for an eight week cycling challenge, which would see them traverse around Ireland for charity.

The 200km Console East-West Cycle from Celbridge to Galway will facilitate those of all skill levels and funds will go towards the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console, according to Mr D'Arcy.

“Console needs our help so that they can continue providing counselling and 24 hour helplines for people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide,” he said.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to do something that’s really worthwhile and also rise to a challenge that they may have thought was beyond them.”

For those who are brand new to cycling, top ultra-distance cycling champion Ricky Geoghegan has designed a programme to get them up to speed.

“Ricky has come up with a brilliant two month ‘Couch to Connacht’ training programme so that complete novices will be able to get on their bikes and cycle to Galway,” Console founder and CEO Paul Kelly said.

The cycle will last one day and will stop off at  Kinnegad, Moate, Ballinasloe and Loughrea, before spending the night in in Galway’s Clayton Hotel. There will also be a barbecue and other entertainment.

Console set a fundraising target of €250 per cyclist plus a registration fee of €25. The race will take place on Saturday June 7 from Celbridge.

People can register at www.console.ie.

Irish Independent

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