6th Annual Jones Engineering Charity Fundraising Cycle
On Friday 15th June, 82 cyclists took to the roads of South Tipperary and West Waterford in what was the 6th Annual Jones Engineering Charity Fundraising Cycle. This year the funds were raised in support of The Brothers of Charity Services Ireland and CanTeen Ireland.
With cycling legend Sean Kelly leading out the peloton, 52 cyclists undertook a 100km challenge, leaving the Minella Hotel in Clonmel heading towards Clogheen and ascending the beautiful rhododendron lined Vee through the Knockmealdown Mountains.
After regrouping on top they descended into Lismore, Cappoquin and began climbing again on the lower slopes of the Comeragh Mountains as they headed towards the Nire Valley. The final challenge of the day awaited with a sharp 6km climb to the summit, but this was quickly forgotten as the finish line could be seen and enjoyed with 10kms downhill to the hotel.
The 50km group led by another legend Barry Meehan found the route equally as challenging for the 30 or so cyclists, again taking in the lower slopes of the Knockmealdowns before meeting up with the 100km group as they ascended through the Nire Valley.
The weather played its part with the threat of rain holding off and everyone could enjoy a cooler day than recent ones. The day was a huge success enjoyed by all and much needed funds were raised for the deserving charities. A big thank you to the team that organised the day so smoothly and to all the cyclists who gave so generously with their donations.
We’re looking forward to next year already!