Irish endurance cyclist Ricky Geoghegan, who has trained himself to go without sleep, plans to set a new record on August 10th by cycling East–West across Ireland and back non-stop in 30 hours, taking in Tipperary town and Cashel along the way.
Ricky, who cycles with just one eye open for long periods of time, will be helping to raise funds and awareness for the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console. Ricky, who already holds three world Ultra Marathon Cycling records, aims to add three more titles to his total in the next month. Ricky will set off on August 10 cycling non-stop over 800 kms from Wicklow Head to the Dingle Peninsula and back in 30 hours – to set a new Ireland East-West-East record. He will be heading into Cashel on the R691 - before heading from there on the N74 to Tipperary and onto Kilmallock. Ricky will be in Cashel about noon and Tipperary at about 1.30pm.
“As well as setting records as Ireland’s endurance cycling champion I want to get console’s message out to people that when you are going through a difficult time there is help available and above all there is hope,” said Ricky.
A surveyor and project manager by profession, Ricky who hails from Scurlockstown, near Trim in County Meath, is recognised as an Irish Ultra-Distance cycling champion by the Ultra Marathon Cycling Association (UMCA). Starting on August 2nd Ricky aims to cycle over 400kms from the furthest points North and South of the province and back in a record breaking 15 hours. This will be followed by another record-breaking cycle on August 3rd when Ricky will cover 500 kms from the furthest points East-West across the province and back in just 18 hours. Last year Ricky broke the record for cycling non-stop from Malin Head to Mizen Head and back (1,244 km) in 55 hours. In the two days and seven hours it took to cycle Ireland top to bottom and back Ricky never slept. Suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console can be reached at any time on freephone 1800 201 890.