Participants of this year’s Tour de Munster charity cycle in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland Munster branches have set off from Cork this morning.
Taking off from the Grand Parade in Cork city this morning, the participants will embark on a 600km route that will take them across the six Munster counties.
The route will see participants return to Cork on Sunday, August 8 as the cyclists finish by taking on the difficult climb up St Patrick’s Hill.
The annual Tour de Munster charity cycle has raised a phenomenal €3.4 million for its beneficiaries since it started back in 2001.
Founder of Tour de Munster, Paul Sheridan, encouraged people to get involved by showing their support for the cyclists are taking part in
the cyclists make their way around Munster.
“As we make our way through the six counties of Munster and are encouraged by the wonderful branches of Down Syndrome Ireland, it’s all the motivation we need to keep pedaling.
"Every cent raised makes a difference to the amazing children and adults who are members of these branches.
"We hope the public can show their support and donate whatever they can," he said.