Kildare man and broadcaster Ray D’Arcy is challenging would-be cyclists to go from Couch to Connacht in eight weeks, in aid of the national suicide prevention and bereavement charity Console.
Volunteers are being asked to sign up for the 200km Console East-West Cycle from Celbridge to Galway, designed for every category from beginners to serious cyclists – with enjoyment the key.
“Console needs our help so that they can continue providing counselling and 24 hour helplines for people in crisis and those bereaved by suicide,” said Ray D’Arcy.
The one-day cycle sets off on Saturday June 7 from Celbridge arriving in that evening. The route along the old Dublin to Galway road includes stops in Kinnegad, Moate, Ballinasloe and Loughrea where cyclists will be met by local fundraisers with refreshments.
Console cyclists will stay overnight in Galway’s Clayton Hotel where they’ll enjoy a barbecue followed by a DJ and an evening’s entertainment with some very special guests. The cyclists will return to Dublin by bus the following day.
The charity has set a fundraising target of €250 per cyclist plus a registration fee of only €25 in February and, with places limited, they are asking people to sign up now at www.consolecycle.ie