Get BACk on a bike for cycling challenge in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE Get BACk challenge cycle will have a new route this year, but the concept remains the same, raising funds for children living in socially disadvantaged areas and those with disabilities.

THE Get BACk challenge cycle will have a new route this year, but the concept remains the same, raising funds for children living in socially disadvantaged areas and those with disabilities.

The seventh staging of the event will boast the return of three time Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, taking part in his fifth Get BACk event.

One of the largest fundraisers in the region, the event has changed dramatically this year, with the cycle to begin and end from the new sports pavilion in the University of Limerick as opposed to previous years when the event finished in Doonbeg.

There are two options for cyclists - a 70km and longer 120km challenge - and organisers Focus Consulting are hoping that the change of route will attract the biggest number of participants since the event began in 2006.

“The selection of the new route is designed to provide participants with a new challenge,” said Brian McGann, managing director of Focus Consulting.

“Hopefully with the numbers increasing in cycling we can attract a good turnout on the day,” he added.

Thousands of children have benefited from funds raised through the challenge over the past seven years, with money raised going to the Local Sports Partnerships in Limerick city and county.

The proceeds from the cycle will support a range of sports and activity programmes for children living in socially disadvantaged areas and children with disabilities.

“The money raised supports a broad range of projects that uses sport as the mechanism to engage with children, get them active and provide an enjoyable outlet for them,” explained Mr McGann.

Registration for the event is €50 and participants must raise a minimum of €150 each.

The two time world cycling champ and Tour de France legend LeMond is again throwing his support behind the event, having previously donated €50,000 worth of training equipment to sports projects in the city.

Thomond Asset Management, Limerick City and County Councils, Spin South West and the UL Arena join existing partners Focus Consulting, GE, BDO and Kemmy Business School in supporting the event.

“The theme of sport in the city combined with an energy among businesses to support such programmes is what enables the annual fundraiser to go from strength to strength,” explained Mr McGann.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 30. Register at www.getbackchallenge.com.