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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Cycling duo take on France and Spain for a good cause

Published 16/10/2012 | 11:09

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Cycling duo Gareth and David Dargle from Balbriggan.

A CYCLING duo from Balbriggan have pedalled their way across France and Spain to raise cash for the ISPCC.

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Twin brothers, Gareth and David Dargle from Balbriggan and members of Stamullen M Donnelly Road Club, earlier this year hatched a plan to raise funds for the ISPCC. After much map-planning and paperwork, they packed their bags, collected their bikes and set out for the Rosslare to Roscoff ferry. On arrival in France they set out on the first leg of a mammoth 1,500km cycle across France and on into Spain. This mammoth cycle, which was undertaken by these two courageous young men was carried out over a nine day cycle and they chose a very tough and arduous route, taking in many of the Tour de France climbs and overnight stage stops.

They travelled down to Fourges, La Rochelle, Pau, Lourdes, Bagneres Du Lucon, over to Andorra in Spain and on to their intended destination, Barcelona. After enduring the weather of every season in the nine days, they arrived into Barcelona at the end of September feeling very tired, sore, exhausted but elated. Much to their surprise and delight they were met by their respective wives who, unknown to them, had taken a flight to meet up with the cycling duo at the finish line. Between them they have raised a very substantial amount of money through My Charity.ie and the amount raised is being doubled by the NIB, by prior agreement. Well done lads on a wonderful achievement!

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