Thursday, July 06, 2006

On your bike

I did the Tour de Munster two years ago. Last year work stopped me. This year I just didn't want to do it (and it turned out that my timing was right!). It is a bit late for me to get on the bike for the session but... I'd actually like to do the first stage now.

Cycling legend Seán Kelly today launched the 6th edition of the "Tour de Munster" Charity Cycle which kicks off on Thursday August 17th when a team of 'leisure' cyclists (a whole bunch are from Freescale where the training session start) will commence a demanding and challenging four-day 600km charity cycle which will take them through all the counties of Munster with all funds raised going directly to the TV3 Baby Max Wings of Love Fund.

Seán will complete the first stage of the Tour which will take the cyclists from Cork into County Waterford for a big climb at the Vee and through Tipperary and Limerick to Killaloe, Co. Clare. On day two the cyclists will go through Clare and North Kerry to Castlegregory. Day three will see them face more big climbs over the Conor Pass and Molls Gap as they make their way via Dingle, Killarney and Kenmare to Lauragh on the Beara Peninsula. Day four will start with a tough climb over the Healy Pass and finish in Cork city.

Since its launch in March 2004, the TV3 Baby Max Wings of Love Fund has raised over €400,000 for badly needed and life saving equipment to be placed in paediatric wards around Ireland. The success to date of the campaign is founded on the energy and interest of many and TV3 is delighted with the support it received from the 2005 Tour de Munster which raised almost €60,000 for the Fund.

Participants in the 2006 Tour de Munster will collect individual sponsorship
and the tour will be accompanied by volunteers who hope to leverage the
event with collections in the cities, towns and villages along the route.
Freescale Semiconductor is providing title sponsorship and engineers from the multi-national’s Cork Design Centre will be amongst those participating in the cycle. Centre manager Dave Redmond is a very keen cyclist and will be among those honoured to cycle with Seán Kelly.

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