Five cyclists from the Club, are currently in training to take on a mammoth cycle challenge called Race the Rás. Micheal Brennan, John Boyle, Oliver Breslin, Francis Furey and Peter McGee will set of on their challenge on May 19th and all proceeds raised will go to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute.
Race The Rás is fund-raising organisation set up in 2011 to specifically raise money by encouraging ‘ordinary cyclists’ to take the route that the professionals take for the An Post Rás every May – and to do it on the SAME DAY! The Ras is a gruelling, professional cycling event which is run across 800 miles of Irish roads and mountains over 8 days. Given that the Tour de France is around 2000 miles over 20 days, this challenge is a huge one!
The lads say “Ultimately, the goal is to raise money for The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) – this is the challenge of a lifetime with a little madness thrown in.”
This year the An Post Ras route will take the lads around the south of the country starting in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Longford, Nenagh, Listowel, Glengarriff, Mitchelstown, Carlow, Naas and finishing in Skerries. “It will be a great adventure in taking on climbs and roads which we are not familiar with, last year there was some familiarity as myself and Micheal took on the task and past through some of the usual training routes on a number of stages. This year will be a completely new experience, all in the name of a great charity.” Commented John Boyle.
The Five lads would appreciate any donation big or small as they set out on their 1200km challenge!