Sunday, September 11, 2016

Take the '10 Second Cycle Challenge' next week

Teams are lined up from pubs in town to take part in the '10-Second Cycle Challenge' which will be part of the 'Big Blue Box' event for the Irish Heart Foundation next Tuesday, writes Brian Byrne.

Weather permitting, each team will compete on the static bicycles in front of Bank of Ireland, organisers of the event, from 8pm. If weather is bad, the Challenge will take place in Kilcullen Heritage Centre.

For those who want to get in a bit of practice, there's a bike currently in the Bank of Ireland office. Anyone can use it while waiting for service, for a small donation (your Editor is pictured above having a go … it's a lot different from my own bicycle!).

The Big Blue Box Volunteer Challenge is bringing cyclists from Naas to Kilcullen on Tuesday, as part of a two-pronged tour of Ireland's Ancient East routes finishing in Kilkenny. They're scheduled to arrive on Tuesday morning at midday or a little before and will be provided with local entertainment and refreshments on arrival.

The core group, along with volunteer cyclists from Kilcullen, will head for Athy on Wednesday 14 September at 11am. Registration forms for participation are available from Bank of Ireland.

The Bank is giving matching funding to whatever is raised by the participants along the routes. A similar event involving the Wild Atlantic Way earlier in the year provided a total of €80,000 for the Society of St Vincent de Paul.