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Abbeyknockmoy cyclists all geared up to make a brake from Croker.

posted 14 Apr 2017, 04:46 by abbeyknockmoy gaa

Abbeyknockmoy cyclists all geared up to make a brake from Croker.

Calling all Galwegians to cycle from Croke Park to Abbeyknockmoy.

While Abbeyknockmoy hurlers are well known throughout Galway as being a club that does its talking on the field they will attempt to do something different on the old Dublin to Galway road this August 19th 2017 when they cycle over 200km from Croke Park to Abbeyknockmoy as part of their main fundraising initiative for the year. Cancer Care West are also on board as a partner and will get a share of the money raised to keep their own fantastic charity work in the spotlight.

The club is encouraging cyclists of any and all levels to form a team of at least four people to cycle a relay of 50km each. As part of this team, all members are each asked to raise €250 minimum for the club and Cancer Care West.

Sponsorship cards are available from any club officer. Ring Declan on 086-8159309 or get through to Abbeyknockmoy hurling on Facebook @abbeyknockmoyhurlingclub.

Each participant will get a tee shirt for their participation on the day. Design and sponsors are being finalised and this will be launched later in the summer.

Tomás Cooley, PRO of Abbeyknockmoy Hurling club said, “Members can do as many miles as they like if they feel up to it but most importantly we stress that this is not a race but rather a fun day out for members of the club. It is also a great incentive for people to get fit for the summer ahead.”

He added further, “The cycle will be fully supported with broom wagons, lead cars, food, drinks, pit-stops, Garda escort through Phoenix Park and a great night will be held after the cycle in Abbey or Monivea. No one will be left behind on or off the bike!”

Commenting further, Cooley says that “We hope this is a fundraiser that all locals in Abbeyknockmoy and other parishes get involved in and we would love for people to get involved in cycling due to this initiative. Cycling is a great way to keep fit and perhaps people could come together to train also. We attempted to contact current world champion, Peter Sagan and multiple Tour de France winner, Chris Froome to do the cycle but all calls are going to voicemail. Maybe they’re afraid of being re-graded to junior,” added Tomás.

Cooley finally says that, “We at Abbeyknockmoy Hurling club are very appreciative of everyone who has supported us over the years and continue to do so. We’ve had a great couple of years on the field of play and now we hope to do the same off it via the old N6. It’s a fundraiser that ticks all the boxes such as money for the club, money for charity, a great day and night out, camaraderie on and off the bike, enhancing your fitness and it’s a route that any cyclist would want on their CV”.

Stephen Roche once famously said “In cycling you can put all your money on one horse”. Well in the Croker to Abbeyknockmoy cycle you can put your money on every horse and help you local club and cancer charity. We hope you can help us make this the superb event it deserves to be on 19th August.

Pictured below are club member David Staunton on the left and Chairman Gerry Flaherty on the right during our Croker to Abbey cycle launch on Friday night.

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