Are you tough enough for a 'savage' alpine cycling trip?

Simon Brouder

Well known Kerry charity fundraiser and cycling enthusiast Tommy Sheehy is looking for a team to join him on a "savage" alpine cycling challenge.

Tommy - who lives in Tralee but hails from Castleisland - has raised thousands for the Kerry branch of Enable Ireland through sponsored cycles across Europe and this July he's setting off on his toughest challenge yet.

He wants to lead a team right through the Italian Alps and Dolomites tackling some of the most famous Giro climbs and the highest roads Europe has to offer.

The team will raise funds and fly the flag for Enable Ireland Kerry Services and applications are now open to experienced cyclists.

Over the course of the cycle participants will tackle some of Europe's most iconic climbs and mountain routes including the 1852m Passo del Mortirolo, known as the leg breaker; the 21.9km Passo dello Stelvio climb and the Gavia which even in June can be caked in snow.

Sean Scally of Enable Ireland Kerry Services said "only the toughest need apply."

"This trip is not for the faint hearted. Each day will bring a series of exhilarating climbs to challenge only the most experienced cyclists," he said.

"It's not a holiday but a once in a lifetime experience. We'll get you there and we'll look after your bike, your food and your accommodation but unfortunately you will have to do the rest," said Mr Scally.

For full details about how to get involved in the seven night trip, starting on July 1, contact 066 7128220.


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