On Thursday August 5th, i will embark on a 640km journey through all the counties of Munster that will last five days culminating with an ascent of the viciously steep and much vaunted " Patricks Hill " in Cork City.
I will be joining 120 cyclists in this, the 21st edition of "the Tour de Munster".
This is Abigail Curtin - O ´ Connell. She is a very sociable 15 year girl old and has Down Syndrome. She has multiple heart defects and has had many operations to fix them. She is getting by with only one half of her heart working properly but is doing very well and is a very happy and healthy looking little girl. Abigail avails of most of the services Down Syndrome Ireland provide in Cork such as speech therapy, physio, occupational therapy and school. I am delighted she and her family are allowing me to ride the tour for her.
The first day of the fifteenth "Tour de Munster" will start in Waterford, take the cyclists through Tipperary to Limerick
On day two we will go through Limerick and North Kerry to Tralee.
Day three will see us face more big climbs over the Conor Pass and Molls Gap as we make our way via Dingle and Killarney toward Kenmare.
Day four will start with a climb over the Caha Pass and finish on Patrick's Hill in Cork city.
I am taking this challenge on to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland to help them provide much needed services for those affected by this debilitating condition in Cork City.
I am hoping to raise at least €3000 for Down Syndrome and Abigail
100% of all the donations i receive will go directly to provide these services.
I personally will cover all of the costs related to doing these cycles which include food, accomodation, cycling gear and training rides which will amount to over €1500.