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Monday 22 September 2014

Get on your bikes for charity ladies!

John Manning

Published 29/04/2014 | 05:32

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Some enthusiastic cyclists at the launch of the One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle.

ON the day before the Giro d'Italia makes its way to Fingal, a Swords company has teamed up with a worldwide charity to encourage local women to 'get on their bikes' for the One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle in aid of Oxfam.

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One4all is calling on women all over Ireland to get on their bikes on Saturday, May 10 for the One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle with Oxfam - Ireland's first female only cycle for charity.

The event will run along part of the route of the final leg of the official Giro d'Italia 2014. The 22km fun cycle in aid of Oxfam Ireland takes place on a section of the Stage 3 route – a loop from Dublin's Merrion Square to Bull Island, Clontarf and back.

The unique women's cycle is not a race, but is for all levels of fitness with the pace being set at a manageable 17km per hour and all participants cycling together in one big peloton.

The cycle starts at 8.30 a.m. from Merrion Square Dublin and runs out along the north Dublin Coast to Bull Island before looping back along the coast to return to Merrion Square, where the Irish Cycling Show, a free public event, will be taking place all weekend.

According to One4all CEO, Michael Dawson: 'It is wonderful for us to be involved in such a high profile cycling event by bringing the first ever female only charity cycle to Ireland and bringing some fun to proceedings.

'We've seen large numbers of females taking up the Bikes4work scheme, especially over the past two years and we're hoping that this trend will help drive registrations in the coming weeks.

'We've already received great support from Irish women in business and we're looking forward to a successful event and raising much-needed funds for Oxfam who have been at the fore-front of supporting women entrepreneurs in the developing countries.'

The cycle which begins at 8.30 a.m. will take approximately an hour-and-a-half and cyclists will arrive back into Merrion Square just as the Irish Cycling Show is kicking off. Cyclists can leave their bikes in the dedicated bike park for Women on Wheels participants and enjoy the show.

Emer Mullins of Oxfam Ireland said: 'By registering to take part in this fun event, female cyclists will help raise vital funds to support Oxfam's work worldwide which puts women's rights at its heart. The cycle takes just an hour and half but could mean a lifetime of difference to families living in severe poverty.'

All participating cyclists will receive a Women on Wheels goody bag which will include a commemorative high vis vest. Every registered cyclist will also be in with a chance of winning a prize of €1,000 worth of One4all Gift Cards.

The One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle with Oxfam is open to female cyclists over the age of 18. Females aged 16 and 17 can take part, but must be accompanied by an adult over 18. Registration on the day takes place at 7.30 a.m.

To register or access further information, visit www.one4allwomenonwheels.com.

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