ALMOST 800 cyclists from 23 countries joined Irish cycling legend Stephen Roche for a charity cycle through the Burren in Co Clare.
The second staging of the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge became the first Irish leisure cycle event to earn inclusion in the World Cycling Body's (UCI) international calendar.
The cycle through the Burren attracted over 400 entrants last year but more than twice as many signed up for the event.
Event organiser and former Irish cycle team member Paudge Murphy said: "Conditions were very challenging and the wind was a huge factor. It meant people took longer to complete the cycle but everyone enjoyed it."
Speaking after the event, Roche said: "It was a very, very testing day. Very trying. The winds along the Cliffs of Moher and on the Corkscrew Hill made it very challenging and it was bitterly cold as well.
"Despite the wind, cold and the windchill, too, we had a great turn out with well over 700 cyclists coming out and great credit is due to them. It was all for a great cause, of course, too."
Proceeds raised from the cycle will go to the Seeking Vision and Cycle 4 Sick Children charities.