Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cycle

The 18th annual Tour de Munster charity cycle came to a thrilling and emotional end in Cork City on Sunday, August 12th, having traveled over 600km across the six counties of Munster, raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI) Munster Branches and a number of individual beneficiaries.

 

Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cycle

The four day cycle took place from August 9th to 12th, and saw long term supporter of the tour, cycling legend Sean Kelly lead over 100 amateur cyclists through the beautiful villages and towns of Munster on their quest to raise vital funds for the Munster branches of DSI, who this year celebrated their 9th year as the main beneficiary of the Tour. Participants also had the option to raise funds for individual beneficiaries of their choice as a way of letting some other worthy charities leverage from the continued success of Tour de Munster.

The Tour started in Cork City on Thursday morning, and covered an average of 150km per day as cyclists and support teams made their way through Waterford, Tipperary, Limerick, Clare, Kerry, and then back to Cork on the final day. Since its inception in 2001, Tour de Munster has raised over €2.5 million for its beneficiaries, with almost €2.1 million for DSI alone.

 

Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cycleAt the top of Patrick’s Hill, Paul Sheridan, founder of the Tour de Munster thanked everyone involved in the successful 2018 Tour, especially the participants, “I could not be prouder of every single person who took part in this year’s Tour, seeing their hard work and commitment payoff is just fantastic. This four day cycle is not for the faint hearted and everyone has put in so much hard work and dedication, not just for four days, but in the weeks and months beforehand. For many of our participants it was return journey as they have supported the Tour year after year, and we were also delighted to welcome some new faces to the Tour de Munster community.”

 

Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cyclePaul concluded, “We received so much support throughout the four days and I would like to thank everyone who came out and cheered and encouraged us along the way. It means a lot and is such a great motivation for everyone. The supporters are such an important element to the success of the Tour, and when we see the families who benefit from funds raised, and have supporters backing us, it drives us to keep on going.”

 

Irish Examiner, Clare FM, RedFM, Tipp FM, and WLR FM were the Official Media Partners of Tour de Munster 2018.

 

Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cycleFor more news and photos from the Tour, log onto www.tourdemunster.com, find it on Facebook, or follow the Tour on twitter @tourdemunster.

 

For further information on Down Syndrome Ireland see www.downsyndrome.ie.

 

 

 

Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cycle

 

 

 

 

 

Smiles all round as family and friends cheer over 100 amateur cyclists and cycling legend Sean Kelly across the finish line of the 18th annual, 600km, Tour de Munster charity cycle

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