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Stars hit top gear on cycle to raise money for cancer sufferer Marc

IT was a battle between Leinster and Munster -- on a bicycle made for two.

Celebs and members of the public joined forces for a marathon tandem cycle around St Stephen's Green to raise funds for Dublin teenager Marc Owen's vital cancer treatment.

The teen was diagnosed with a rare form of sarcoma and is one of only 200 people in the world with this strain of the disease. Doctors in Texas are hopeful that they can treat Marc (19) in a specialist setting -- but the cost of treatment and transport is expected to rise to €1m.

In total, 48 cyclists kept the tandem on the move before handing over to Dublin's Lord Mayor Andrew Montague and former Ireland international Ollie Campbell to complete the cycle.

Today FM star Ray D'Arcy teamed up with Ireland and Leinster legend Neil Francis for the first hour before handing over the tandem to his colleague Matt Cooper and former Ireland and Munster rugby great Frankie Sheahan to complete the second hour.

Presenter Matt Cooper said that he was viewing the challenge as his team's chance to represent Munster against the earlier Leinster duo.

"I've never had to work in unison with Frankie before, except for on the radio, so we'll see how we get on," he told the Herald.