Cyclists participating in the 20th annual Tour de Munster charity cycle are putting the finishing touches to their preparations as they get set to take to the roads of Munster on August 6th.
Celebrating 20 years this August, the Tour will see cyclists travel 600km over four days across the six counties of Munster in order to raise vital funds and awareness for Munster’s branches of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI), as well as individual beneficiaries.
The 2020 route will see much local involvement on day 1, as the Tour rolls out from City Hall in Cork City on Thursday 6th, making its way through Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare and Kerry, to conclude at the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe after 7pm on the opening day.
Riders are scheduled to ride into Tallow around 11.40am, before heading towards Lismore (MACE, stopping for refreshments), between 12.10pm–12.30pm.
It’s then onto Clogheen (Tipp DSI pasta and pastries at Clogheen Community Hall) 1.25pm-2pm, Cahir 2.30pm, Tipperary 3.30pm, Ballykisteen (lunch) 3.40pm–4.30pm; Limerick (King John’s Castle) 5.20pm – 5.50pm, Birdhill 6.50pm-6.50pm, before concluding day one at the Lakeside Hotel, Killaloe.
Stage 2 runs from Killaloe to Tralee on Friday, August 7th; Stage 3 from Tralee to Kenmar on Saturday 8th, with the final day seeing riders return to Cork on Sunday 9th.
Cycling legend Seán Kelly, a huge supporter of the Tour de Munster for the past 14 years, will also take to the road on August 6th.
The Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland play a vital role in the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome in Munster, and funds are urgently required in order for the branches to continue providing their vital services.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Munster branches of Down Syndrome Ireland have seen the majority of their vital fundraising events cancelled over the past number of months, and are now facing increased costs as they prepare to re-open their doors.
To support the Tour de Munster and donate, please visit www.tourdemunster.com.
For full route information log onto www.tourdemunster.com and to follow updates on the Tour you can follow their Facebook page.