On September 9th, The Mick Kelly Cycle will take place around the town of Oughterard. This is a Sportive event with two choices of distance on option. Cyclists can choose between a 50k cycle, and the more challenging 80km loop, both taking place on the traditional Rás Chonamara loop. Registration for the cycle starts at 8:30am finishing at 9:00am in the Boat Inn in Oughterard, and the cycle itself starts at 9:15am with everyone back on time for the All Ireland final. Registration is 25 euro with all proceeds going to the National Council for Blind Ireland (NCBI)..
About Mick Kelly
The cycle is being held in memory of Mick Kelly, who passed away nearly 4 years ago after a sudden death. Mick was an avid cyclist, he began cycling in his youth in the mid 1960s and was a racing cyclist for eight years. A native of Moycullen, he was a member of the West Galway Cycling Club and St. Christopher’s Cycling Club. He was Galway Sports star of the year in 1970 and a member of the third placed club team in the 1972 Tour of Ireland. Amongst his achievements he won one gold and three bronze medals in the National Cycling Championship in road and track events.
In 1990 began to lose his sight, but his involvement with cycling didn’t end he continued to cycle and fundraise for the National Council for the Blind (NCBI) and becoming a founding organiser of Rás Connemara. He was an avid supporter of the NCBI, as an organisation they helped him and others to retrain and learn new life skills in the face of visual impairment. Mick was also secretary of the Visually Impaired Activities Club Galway before his sudden death. In July 2008 Mick and his friend Mike Lydon cycled from Spain to the Spanish Arch funraising for the NCBI and the Irish Kidney Association. The cycle is a perfect way to celebrate a life dedicated to the sport of cycling.
The cycle is open to everyone and anyone who wants to take part. Food and refreshments will be provided along the way, and also after the cycle in the Boat Inn in Oughterard. A number of support vehicles will be in place to look after the cyclists en-route, helmets must be worn entrants cycle at own risk.
For further information call Joseph on 087 9022807 or email Deirdre firstname.lastname@example.org