Greg LeMond rolls into Limerick for cycling events

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

On your bike: Greg LeMond shows his skills by taking part in the Get BACk Challenge at UL during Bike Week last year. He returns to Limerick this week
CYCLING fans and general sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to hear three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond speak about his glittering career and the culture of doping in the sport at an event in the Lime Tree Theatre this Friday night.

CYCLING fans and general sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to hear three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond speak about his glittering career and the culture of doping in the sport at an event in the Lime Tree Theatre this Friday night.

The American cyclist - a double world champion - drew the wrath of shamed cyclist and compatriot Lance Armstrong during that sorry saga, and is known for being a strong anti-doping advocate in the sport.

LeMond lands in Limerick this Friday, ostensibly to take part in his sixth Focus Consulting Get BACk Challenge Cycle in Kilkee on Saturday afternoon, but also to give his time to Limerick’s BeSPOKE Bike Festival, which he will launch in City Hall this Friday at 5.30pm.

The Bike Week 2013 initiative, backed by Limerick Smarter Travel, runs until June 23, with a large number of events taking place throughout the city and county, and the public interview in the Lime Tree falls under the umbrella of the festival.

LeMond will be interviewed by cycling journalist Shane Stokes in the theatre, and some of the proceeds from the event will go toward the Limerick Sports Partnerships - who benefit directly from the annual cycle organised by accountants and business advisors Focus Consulting, who are based in Michael Street in the city.

“Tickets are selling out very quickly and it is a real chance to get an insight into the whole cycling world, including the drug culture and most importantly the health benefits of cycling and the career of Greg LeMond,” said Brian McGann, Focus Consulting’s chairman this week.

“Greg is really looking forward to coming over, he is very much looking forward to coming back to Limerick - he really has great time for the city. He is very much looking forward to doing the public interview as well,” he added.

The cycle takes place in Kilkee on Saturday, and punters will have a chance to meet LeMond and cycle alongside him, while raising money for charity.

“It is looking like a huge success already, we have 300 taking part and 300 for a BBQ afterward in the Diamond Rocks cafe,” said Brian.

The BeSPOKE Festival will feature a range of events for all ages including an 8km family cycle in the University of Limerick, the Smarter Travel Expo on O’Connell Street and the colourful bicycle parade starting at City Hall on Sunday, June 22.

For full details on Limerick Bike Week 2013 see www.limerick.ie/smartertravel.