The legendary Sean Kelly is heavily involved with the promotion of cycling at the high end of the market on the European circuit, but the canny Carrick-on-Suir man is well aware that leisure cycling has a major role to play.
During the week he hit the road along with his daughter Stacey and in tow was the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Eamon Ryan TD, who was very involved with cycling before he moved into the political arena. The trio officially launched the 2010 An Post Cycle Series.
BACK ON THEIR BIKES
A joint initiative with the Irish Sports Council, the Series encourages communities around the country to get back on their bikes.
With routes catering for everyone from the serious amateur to the enthusiastic beginner, the series has proven to be a great way to spend a day of fun together while the serious rider follows a more challenging route.
Family routes will be approximately 10km in length while short, middle and long-distance routes will be approximately 60k, 100k and 160k. The series comprises one event per month between May and September, pushing off on Sunday May 9 with the An Post Tour of Sligo.
This will be followed by the An Post Tour De Burren in Clare on Saturday June 19. The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford event will be on Sunday August 29 and finally the Rebel Tour of Cork will be on Saturday September 11.
This is the second year of the series, which was a huge success in 2009, attracting more than 5,500 riders across all levels.