Over a thousand people turned up at Dublin Airport to bid farewell to the 'Blazing Saddles' cycling team who headed off for a three week charity cycle trip to Australia.

The cycling group of over 200, some of whom are visually impaired, are hoping to raise over £300,000 for the National Council of the Blind of Ireland, by cycling the 1,000 km journey from Sydney to Brisbane.

The charity cyclists are greeted at Dublin Airport by the largest plane in the world, the 'Boeing 747 400 Megatop'. The plane was flying the cyclists and their bikes to London to catch a connecting flight to Australia.

RTÉ News reporter Michael O'Kane talks to Steven Lek, owner of Singapore Airlines, who wishes the passengers a "Céad Míle Fáilte". He also meets some of the organisers, cyclists, trainers, beneficiaries and fundraisers. of the charity who speak about the challenge that lies ahead.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 August 1994. The reporter is Michael O'Kane.