CYCLING | Local cyclists ready for 420km Town2Town Charity Cycle

35 cyclists will make two-day journey from Dundalk to Tralee

David Minto of CX+ Sport presenting members of the Town2Town charity cycling event with their jerseys for the event. L-R: David Minto, Austin Nevin, Jonny McGailey, Aidan Quigley and Cliona Lambe

Thirty-five cyclists will leave Dundalk at 6am on Friday morning to embark on a two-day trek to Kerry as part of this year’s Town2Town charity cycle.

Sponsored by the Park Cafe at Dundalk Retail Park, the 35-strong group will cycle from Dundalk to Tralee — a distance of 420 km — over the space of two days wearing jerseys supplied by local company CX+ Sport.

Day one will see the cyclists leave Sexton’s on the Dublin Road and go through Ardee, Kells and Mullingar before stopping for lunch at Draper’s House in Tonophor. They will then go through Blueball and Birr before spending a fundraising night at Ollie’s Bar in Moneygall.

On Saturday, the group will pass through Tipperary, Limerick and Adare before heading for the home stretch to Kerry. It’s estimated that they will arrive at the Rose of Tralee Festival on Saturday evening. Their journey will end with a 10k run on day three.

The cycle, which was set up by local man Jonny McGailey in 2015, has raised over €34,000 for charity thus far and the aim is to break through the €50,000 mark with this year’s event.

Conor Hackett (centre) of the Park Cafe, sponsors of the Town2Town charity cycle, pictured with Austin Nevin, Cliona Lambe, Jonny McGailey and Aidan Quigley

The proceeds of this year’s cycle will go to three charities: Donal Walsh’s ‘Live Life’, which promotes anti-suicide messages in schools, ‘Make A Wish’, which grants wishes to sick children and ‘Friends of A’, a charity set up to promote research into cranial aneurysm.

For more information you can check out the Town2Town Facebook page or the website. You can also make a donation at the Town2Town GoFundMe page here.

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