Last Saturday 123 hardy souls took to the road to cycle for school sports in Colaiste Dun Iascaigh in its annual cycle.
With two routes this year, of 35k and 75k, the number of cyclists participating increased on last years cycle and despite
the inclement weather all set off in a jovial mood.
Taking part this year were 79 adults and 44 students of the Colaiste.
The cycle routes incorporated visits to many local towns where students and staff live including Cahir, Kilcoran, Ballyporeen, Ballylooby, Clogheen, and Ardfinnan. The support of the recently formed local South Tipp Cycling Club was evident from the strong turnout of club members. Further support on the day was provided by the staff of the Colaiste, the Parents Association, the Red Cross, Gardai and the Colaiste Student Council.
Launched by the local Gardai, the cyclists were lead out at a brisk pace. Stops along the way in Mitchelstown and Clogheen provided welcome respite from the elements. Words of encouragement from the many well-wishers along the way inspired all the participants to battle onto the finish line, to be greeted by welcoming smiles and a certificate, with pictures already displayed on tv and computer screens, highlighting for all the huge achievement in completing such an event.
The cycle was organised by the Colaiste to promote cycling in the area and to highlight the health and social benefits associated with it. The Principal, Ms. Mary Finnegan Burke and the organising committee would like to thank students, staff, parents, Red Cross and cycle stewards who helped to organise and run the event. It was also noted that the students participating in either cycle ranged in age from 13 to 18 and with 44 participating clearly highlighting the strength of interest in cycling locally.
With the cycle being such a success again this year it is hoped that with the continued help and support of the local community it can become an integral event in the local towns and as a result bring the joy of cycling to many more.