||Last Updated: 18 May 2020 - 7:30:54 PM
Cycling Ireland Charity Sportive in aid of Irish Cancer Society
Cycling Ireland will host a charity sportive on Sunday, May 3rd on the online training platform, Zwift. Many of Ireland's top professional cyclists, including Nicolas Roche and Eddie Dunbar, will join in support of those struggling during these difficult times.
Hundreds of people are expected to ride the virtual sportive from the safety of their own homes using a stationary bike and turbo trainer, making it the largest mass participation sporting event in the country. The event caters to a variety of fitness levels with the option to ride for a portion of, or the full 75-kilometer route. Participants have the opportunity to chat with Ireland’s top professional cyclists as well as friends from around the country using Cycling Ireland’s chat app, discord.
Cycling Ireland's designated charity for the event is the Irish Cancer Society. The Covid-19 outbreak has had a huge effect on the Irish Cancer Society as it works with the most vulnerable to the virus. Join us as we come together while staying apart and support the most vulnerable in our society.
· Date: Sunday, May 3rd @ 9:30am
· Zwift Route: TugaZ Sunday Cake Ride (75km)
FOYLE CC TO HOST VIRTUAL SPORTIVE (23 Apr)
Irish cycling stars join Ulster club to take the annual Adrian Mullan Sportive online in aid of the Irish Red Cross and Foyle Hospice.
Annual event in memory of FCC member Adrian Mullan moved online rather than being cancelled.
Irelands top professionals confirmed to ride and thousands of cyclists expected to join in from home 41km event on online platform Zwift to replace traditional route around Inishowen planned for Saturday 25th April at 11:30am
Every year Foyle CC host the Adrian Mullan Sportive in memory of Adrian who was tragically killed riding his bike around his beloved Donegal in October 2015.
Traditionally the sportive raises funds for the Foyle Hospice and would have been last Saturday 18th April. Unfortunately the event had to be cancelled this year due to the corona virus pandemic.
Rather than see the sportive and the vital funding it provides disappear this year, FCC are now organising the event to be hosted on virtual cycling platform Zwift this coming Saturday 25th April at 11:30am.
On Saturday cyclists from all over Ireland are invited to take part in this special sportive to support charities during these incredibly challenging times.
Top Irish internationals, Nicholas Roche, Eddie Dunbar, Ryan Mullen, Imogen Cotter, Mark Donwey, Chris McGlinchey and Irish National Road Champion Sam Bennett have confirmed they will ride the 41km event in aid of charity.
TO JOIN THE RIDE:
Simply log onto zwift.com and join this event https://www.zwift.com/events/view/613943
(Please change your Zwift avatar into a green jersey for the event so we can identify those taking part.)
Anyone wishing to take part and ride with the pros is encouraged to donate in advance through this link - https://www.gofundme.com/f/irish-cyclists-foyle-cc-adrian-mullan-sportive
TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION:
Participants can communicate with each other and the pros during the event by using the Cycling Ireland discord channel on the Discord App (details here http://www.cyclingireland.ie/downloads/discord%20set-up.pdf )
This year the Adrian Mullan Sportive donations will go to the Irish Red Cross and the Foyle Hospice.
The Irish Red Cross are providing essential support during the Covid-19 pandemic. Working on the front line on a daily basis the Red Cross are providing:
• Support for HSE ambulances,
• A Covid-19 Hardship fund,
• Community support work to families unable to afford food and basic essentials as a result of losing their jobs due to the covid-19 pandemic.
During the Covid-19 crisis the Irish Red Cross members have also:
• Transported people to chemotherapy appointments and other vital medical appointments
• Delivered 20,000 Covid-19 safety information leaflets
• Carried out well-being checks for vulnerable people in the community
• Delivered prescriptions for older or isolating people
• Organised food deliveries for older or isolating
The Foyle Hospice provides ongoing palliative care services for patients with cancer and other life limiting illnesses while supporting their families and loved ones in the North West of Northern Ireland. Their commitment is to improve the quality of life of patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones. The hospice is also facing extreme challenges during this pandemic not least of which is a drop off in fund raising.
This is an opportunity for the cyclists of Ireland to come together to support two worthy charities in the ongoing battle against covid-19
Zwift Event - https://www.zwift.com/events/view/613943
Gofundme donations page - https://www.gofundme.com/f/irish-cyclists-foyle-cc-adrian-mullan-sportive
Foyle CC Website: http://www.foylecycling.net/