Tralee-based Castleisland native Tommy Sheehy is heading to the continent to cycle 540km from Geneva in Switzerland to Nice in France this June -- and, having completed several other such campaigns, he's in no doubt about the severity of the task he has set himself.
"This will be a gruelling and extremely difficult challenge over five days taking in no fewer than six Tour de France climbs including: Alpe d'Huez at 13.8 kms climb with 21 hairpin bends; Col de Bonnette - the highest paved road in Europe at 2802 metres; Col du Glandon at 1929 metres; Col du Laurtaret at 2048 metres; Col d'Izoard at 2360 metres and Col du Vars at 2108 metres," said Tommy.
"I am presently in training and would once again appeal to the people of Kerry so that we can hopefully help raise funds for Enable Ireland offices in Tralee. This is my third consecutive year cycling in France. The previous two were Paris to Geneva and Dublin to Paris, helping to raise €10,500 between the people of Tralee and Castleisland," said Mr. Sheehy in an appeal for support for the charity which will benefit from his altruism.
Enable Ireland provide services in their centre which is geared to ensure that a disability is not an obstacle to a child or adult expressing themselves, building friendships, playing sports, accessing education and participating in the community. The Tralee offices serve the whole county of Kerry.
Additional information can be had from Tommy Sheehy himself on: 087 6379608.