32 County Cycle set to kick off
Tipperary people are being asked to cheer on and support the Hardy Bucks 32 county cycle for Console as it passes through the county next week.
The Cork based Hardy Bucks will be in Nenagh at 5 pm on Saturday, May 4 as part of their 32-county marathon cycle to raise funds and awareness for the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console.
The ten members of the Hardy Bucks cycling squad in their distinctive pink shirts are on the road for an eight day, 1,100 kilometre odyssey, which will see them visit every county in the country.
The team includes two Cork-based GPs Dr Michael Crotty and Dr Tom English, who have chosen the squad’s bright pink cycling shirts to highlight the problem of suicide.
“As a practicing GP I feel that men’s struggle to communicate on a meaningful level contributes to the prevalence of male suicide. I want to encourage men to connect more with their feminine side and that’s why we are wearing pink jerseys,” said Dr Michael Crotty from Ballincollig.
“We hope our cycle will have a positive impact on the fight against suicide, which is all too prevalent in today’s society.
“We aim to help by raising Console’s profile and hopefully €15,000 in funds to assist Console in its valuable work.”
The squad, whose ages range from mid 40s to mid 60s, have been cycling the roads of Cork for the past 12 years.
A local farmer, impressed with their determination to continue cycling over Mullaghanish mountain through a torrential downpour, christened them the Hardy Bucks and the name stuck.
Their plan is to set off from Listowel, Co Kerry, on Saturday May 4 and cycle an average of 110 to 170 kms each day on a route that will take them as far north as Crossmaglen in Armagh and back to Cork by Saturday, May 11.
On the road with the crew will be van driver Kieran Field who will be looking after their food, safety equipment and spare parts.
“As we travel through towns and villages on the way we will be collecting money for Console and spreading the message about its valuable work,” said Dr Crotty.