Over 150 amateur cyclists from the UK, continental Europe and Ireland will take on the country’s most testing amateur cycling event, the Kellogg’s Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge in association with RTÉ 2fm, next month.
The cyclists will attempt to cover a gruelling 950 kilometres, incorporating almost 10,000 metres of climbing, over five days from 7-11 May.
Barretstown and the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children are the official charities of the event.
Participants in the event will travel through the four provinces of Ireland starting off in Lisburn, Co Down and traveling through Derry city, Sligo town, Galway City and Kilkenny City before finishing in Barretstown.
The route includes renowned beauty spots such as Spelga Dam in the Mourn Mountains, the famous fields of Athenry, the Wicklow Gap and the Slieveboy Mountains.
The event is a non-competitive challenge whereby each participant competes against the elements and their own levels of fitness and endurance.
RTÉ 2fm DJ Ruth Scott, who will undertake a portion of the challenge spoke at the event launch: ‘A 950 kilometer cycle is some challenge! The cyclists taking part in the event are truly inspirational.
‘I’m excited about getting on my bike and taking part - as someone who sits in a studio five days a week I know only too well the importance of exercise - though I can guarantee I won’t be attempting to complete the full route!’
This is the third year that the Kellogg’s Tour of Ireland has been staged. The event was voted the best organised event of its type by the international amateur cycling community in both 2007 and 2008.