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Wednesday 3 September 2014

We've given Eugene a 'sportive' head start with a brand new bike

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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On your new bike: Paul Brichall of Pi Cycles in Mallow presents The Corkman bicyle competition winner Eugene Horgan, Newmarket with his new bike with MD John Feerick (right) and Billy Mangan, both of The Corkman. Photo: Bernadette Hayes
Ready for road in the Duhallow Sportive are Connie Tarrant (left) from E Tarrant & Sons Skoda, Banteer, Triona Murphy and Eileen Linehan from IRD Duhallow and Billy Mangan of The Corkman.

A KERRYMAN living in the Rebel county had something to smile about on Monday morning when he picked up a brand new bicycle courtesy of The Corkman and Pi Cycles in Mallow.

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Eugene Horgan from Boherbue Road in Newmarket said he had two reasons to smile. One, was for bagging a brand new bicycle which he hopes to test drive in The IRD Duhallow sportive on July 26. The other reason, he was grinning so broadly was because of the "great Kerry win" over the Rebels at the Munster Semi Final.

Eugene, who is a keen cyclist, and at the weekend took part in the Ring of Kerry cycle, his fifth time. He also did the 110km Twomey Family Remorial weekend a few weeks ago.

He took up cycling five years ago and said his primary reason was for exercise. The rest, as they say, is history.

He now cycles up to 400km per week and said he absolutely loves the thrill and feelgood factor that cycling gives him. "I was just delighted when I got the call to say that I'd won The Corkman competition. Having a brand new bicycle is just fantastic," he said.

When asked if he was going to take part in The IRD Duhallow Sportive on July 26 he quickly said if Garth Brooks wasn't going to play that night then he would absolutely be registering.

That was on Monday ... Garth pulled out of Croker on Tuesday,

"I'd already thought about it and figured I would be able to do the 50km and be in time for the concert. But if Garth Brooks won't be playing on July 26, then I'll sign up for the 100km route as it looks like it will be a great day out," he said.

"We wish Eugene the very best with his brand new bicycle and we hope to see him at the IRD Duhallow sportive which promises to be a great day out," said John Feerick, MD of The Corkman.

Paul Birchall of Pi Cycles in Mallow, which sponsored the specialized Allez road bike, wished Eugene "many happy miles of cycling" and every slice of luck that comes his way on it.

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