Taking part in this challenge are;
Padraic Benson, Cormac Bracken, Damien Callaly, Orla Callender, Brian Cannon, Thomas Clancy, John Cloonan, Paul Collier, Thomas Collier, Annette Crowley, Lorraine Donnelly, Bobby Dowd, Martin Ellis, Danny Finucane, Michael Flynn, Denis Geaney, Seamus Graham, Pauline Hannon, Alan Hinchy, Harry Hoare, Charles Hosty, Michael Kelly, Patrick Kennedy, Paddy Kinsella, Ger Lawlor, Paudie Lynch, Tony Maguire, Emmet Maher, Jim McCawl, Niall McDonnell, Katie Muldrew, Mark Mulligan, Stephen Mullin, Niall Mulrine, Sean Murphy, John Newell, Eamonn Nicholas, Finbarr O’Hanlon, Chris Rogers, Donal Sweeney, John Sweeney & Simon Thornton Magretts
The challenge started with a full briefing on the night we arrived, the team discussed the routes, safety and the team were introduced to the guides who will cycle with them each day – as they clock up an amazing 20,000 kilometers between them all over the next 5 days. Each of those kilometers is worth approximately 6 euro per kilometer to helping sick children – a phenomenal achievement. Go Team Crumlin!
We are delighted to welcome so many old friends back on the cycle, lovely to see so many familiar faces, but also a big welcome to all the new people to the event – it is great to see such enthusiasm and commitment from so many.
Today’s cycle took advantage of the fact that there is a lot less traffic on a Sunday and so we headed out of Ricionne, north along the coast line up through Rimmini and on toward Cesenatico – stopping off on route to visit the tomb of famed Italian cyclist, Pantani. It was a good start to the day with the route being reasonalby flat at the start. Stopping off in Cesenatico for a break and then we turned inland and headed to the beautiful town of Bellaria. As the heat of the day rose so did the climbs and our team were tested for the first time with the rolling hills of North Italy. It was inspiriing to see all the team take on those hills and climbs with such gusto.
A well deserved ice cream break was had by the team in Santarcangelo, before tackling the hills back towards the coast and down into Riccione again. After five and a half hours in the saddle, a tired but exhilarated team arrived back at Hotel Dory. Many of the group are taking advantage of the sunshine to wind down and relax on the beach. It will be early to bed tonight as tomorrow’s route will take them further into the countryside and more hills! It is a privilege to be here to witness such great team work and comradeship amongst the group – constantly helping and encouraging each other along.