Waterford legend teams up with Special Olympics Ireland

Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands Cycle takes place in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, on September 30.

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Legendary Waterford cyclist Sean Kelly was in Tullamore, Co. Offaly, this week along with local Special Olympic athletes Ryan Dunne and Chris Leigh to launch an exciting partnership with Special Olympics Ireland.

Special Olympics Ireland are excited to offer the opportunity to cycle alongside Kelly as they gear up as partners for the sixth annual Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands Cycle, starting and finishing in Tullamore on September 30.

One of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, Sean Kelly competed in 193 professional races in total with nine monument classic wins under his belt. “This is the first year the Tour of the Midlands will be supporting Special Olympics Ireland and I have to say I am delighted to be associated with such a dedicated and hardworking organisation. I’ve experienced first-hand the impact Special Olympics Ireland has not only on their athletes, but the athletes families, coaches and the huge network of volunteers associated with the charity,” Kelly said.  

Enda Kennedy, founder and event director of the Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands, is delighted the committee are working together with Special Olympics Ireland. “The work that Special Olympics Ireland volunteers across the country do for members of our communities with an intellectual disability is truly amazing, so please join Sean on September 30 and help continue this amazing work for the athletes of Special Olympics Ireland,” he encouraged.

The Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands in aid of Special Olympics Ireland offers three events, catering for advanced, intermediate and leisure cyclist. The tour includes the 120km Kelly Slieve Bloom, the 80/90km Kelly Cut and the 5km Kelly Family Spin at 11am.

Jennifer Clark, fundraising manager with the Special Olympics Ireland, said: “We are thrilled that the annual Sean Kelly Cycle will support the work of Special Olympics Ireland in 2018. The cycling community has always been extremely supportive of our athletes and we’re excited to be part of such a prestigious event that echoes the community spirit, determination and courage at the heart of the organisation.”

This Special Olympics Ireland event will be fully marshalled with plenty of support, water and refreshment stops along the route. There will also be bespoke event merchandise signed by Kelly at the finish line.

Early bird entry is currently available at a cost of €35, but don’t delay as this offer is only available until August 1, at which point entry will be €40 with the deadline for online entries ending September 25. Cyclists can register on the day of the event at a cost of €50. All net proceeds from this event will go towards continuing the work of Special Olympics Ireland.

Anyone who fundraises €100 or more will receive a signed Sean Kelly Tour of the Midlands cycling jersey.

Register for this amazing cycle here