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DOWN Syn­drome Ire­land’s Wick­low branch is call­ing on cy­clists to get on their bikes along­side Ir­ish cy­cling leg­end Stephen Roche for a cy­cling tour around Le­in­ster to raise funds for the char­ity.

The an­nual Tour de Le­in­ster cy­cle takes place from Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14 to Sun­day, Septem­ber 17, and will cover 600km over four days.

Ir­ish Tour de France and Giro D’italia leg­end Stephen Roche will cy­cle shoul­der to shoul­der with par­tic­i­pat­ing cy­clists for the four days.

The route starts at TV3 in Bal­ly­mount, Dublin, and takes in coun­ties Wick­low, Wex­ford Car­low, Kilkenny, Laois, Of­faly, West­meath, Meath and Louth.

Each par­tic­i­pant will cover their own costs, so all funds raised go di­rectly to­wards Down Syn­drome Ire­land.

‘ The Tour de Le­in­ster is a mag­nif­i­cent cy­cling chal­lenge,’ said Stephen Roche. ‘It’s so well or­gan­ised and you get amaz­ing sup­port from peo­ple with Down syn­drome and their fam­i­lies along the way. I look for­ward to meet­ing many of the friends I made last year and to a very en­joy­able four days of cy­cling.’

A reg­is­tra­tion fee of €190 is re­quired from each cy­clist to par­tic­i­pate and each cy­clist also cov­ers their own ho­tel cost of €195 (in­cludes three nights bed and break­fast with evening meals). There­fore, the to­tal cost of par­tic­i­pa­tion is €385 per per­son. Each cy­clist is re­quired to raise a min­i­mum of €500 in spon­sor­ship for Down Syn­drome Ire­land.

Two con­sec­u­tive days cy­cle op­tions are also avail­able for cy­clists un­able to com­mit to the full four day Tour de Le­in­ster. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, go to down­syn­

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