The 17th annual Tour de Munster charity cycle – in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and individual beneficiaries – will arrive in Clare this week with over 100 cyclists are geared up for the four day cycle across Munster.
This year’s tour will be kicking off from City Hall in Cork City on Thursday, 10th August, and will return to Cork to see cyclist finish up the iconic and demanding St. Patrick’s Hill on Sunday, 13th August.
Travelling over 600 km in just four days, the amateur cyclists will make their way through beautiful cities, towns and villages of all six counties of Munster.
Stage 1 of the event will finish in Clare on Thursday, August 10th in Killaloe from where Stage 2 will being the following morning.
Friday, 11th August – Clare to Kerry
Tuamgraney: 9.45am – 9.45am
Ennis (tea/coffee: Temple Gate Hotel): 11.30am – 12.00pm
Kilrush: 1.30pm – 1.45pm
Kilimer (Ferry): 2.00pm – 2.00pm
Joining them will be cycling legend Sean Kelly, who is a huge supporter of the event with this being his 12th year participating in the Tour de Munster. All funds raised from the charity cycle will go directly to the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), now in its 8th year as beneficiary of the cycle and to the individual beneficiaries involved. This is a new addition to this year’s Tour de Munster and allows cyclists to select their own beneficiary to raise funds and awareness for it.
Since its inception in 2001, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.4 million for its beneficiaries with almost €1.9 million for DSI alone. Paul Sheridan, who established Tour de Munster, could not be prouder of the Tour and its many participants over the last 16 years.
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For route information and the latest information and news log onto www.tourdemunster.com, find it on Facebook, or follow the Tour on twitter @tourdemunster. For further information on Down Syndrome Ireland please see www.downsyndrome.ie.