Campion Insurance, in association with Irish Cycling Safaris, are organising a sponsored cycle to help Peter Ryan, local Tipperary cyclist, participate in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this September - the cycle will take place on Sunday, April 24th beginning, and ending, at the Anner Hotel, Thurles.
Peter Ryan, from Drombane, was a promising young hurler who represented Tipperary at minor level and played senior Hurling with local club Upperchurch-Drombane from the age of seventeen. At the age of nineteen Peter was diagnosed with Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). LHON is a rare genetic disorder with symptoms which usually begin as a sudden loss of central vision. It often starts in one eye and then several weeks later causes sight loss in the second eye.
Once over the shock of dealing with such a diagnosis, Peter turned his attention to para-cycling and his target is clear - to win an Olympic medal at the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics this year.
You can play your part in this very worthy cause to help Peter get to Rio and bring back an Olympic medal for Ireland by supporting this fundraising cycle on Sunday, April 24th. Even if you can't attend the cycle personally and want to support Peter, you can make a donation to this great cause. Even a small amount could go along way.
This cycle is non-competitive and will utilise regional and local roads in order to avoid significant traffic. The terrain is neither hilly nor entirely flat, just gently rolling.
This is a perfect challenge for someone who is not a regular cyclist, but wishes to try their hand at completing 100km-plus cycle and enjoy a sociable experience at the same time. In addition to a scheduled lunch, there will be two feeding stations as well as a back-up support van with mechanic to ensure that the event passes off as stress-free as possible.
The cycle itself begins by heading into the Suir Valley which forms part of the wider Golden Vale. The cycling is not challenging and the roads are lined with hedgerows and small walls. In the distance rises Galtymore mountain, creating a wonderful backdrop. The attractive village of Golden, with its medieval castle and small island surrounded by the river, will make a perfect place to take a first break. The highlight of the route will then follow as you will ride along the Glen of Aherlow, a very pretty, but often overlooked part of the Irish countryside.
Cyclists will stop for lunch at the heart of the Glen offering participants a chance to take in the view before the cyclists will then return along the other side of the Glen before taking a slightly different route through the Suir Valley to pass the Rock of Cashel before heading the last few kilometres home.
Included in the event package is: lunch, a training program with advice and tips for beginners, snacks along the route (two feed stations), back-up vans with drivers and mechanical support, experienced cycling guides (at the ratio of one guide per ten cyclists) and a fully researched route on quiet back roads. The event will start at 9.30am and conclude with a finishing ceremony around 5pm.
For further information, to register for the event or to donate to this very worthwhile cause please see: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ryan-for-rio-tickets-24424989802