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June 01, 2012

Charity Cycle with Stephen Roche – The Leinster Loop, Aug 19

Leinster-loop The legendary Stephen Roche invites you to ride with him in the Leinster Loop charity cycle sportif in beautiful south Kildare on Sun. 19th Aug 2012. 4 excellent routes and 1 great day guaranteed.
All funds raised are for the National Breast Cancer Research Institute & our community complex.
The Leinster Loop, brought to you by Stephen Roche in association with Cuisine de France, is a cycle sportif starting from Old Grange, Narraghmore, Co. Kildare on Sunday, 19st August 2012.

A cycle sportif is an organised and supervised group cycle on a pre-arranged route. Participation in cycling, and in particular cycle sportives, has enjoyed massive increases in numbers over the past five years.

The Leinster Loop event consists of 4 distinct routes, the Leinster Loop - a challenging 140 km cycle through south Kildare, Laois, Kilkenny and Carlow; the Barrow Challenge - a testing 90 km cycle through Kildare, Laois and Carlow; the Cill Dara Cruise – a 50 km cycle and the Roche Ramble - a 12 km leisure cycle through south Kildare and open to individuals and families.

The event will be led on the day by former Tour de France winner and event ambassador, Stephen Roche.

Some of the unique features of the Leinster Loop will be:

  • Hot food and refreshments on the Leinster Loop, Barrow Challenge and Cill Dara Cruise routes;

  • Marshalled junctions to ensure safety for all;

  • Full medical support on all routes;

  • Controlled start and finish areas;

  • Lead and support vehicles on all routes;

  • Fully signposted and road-marked routes.

Stephen Roche was born in Dublin and is a retired Professional Cyclist living near Nice in France with his family. In a 13 year professional career he peaked in 1987, becoming only the second cyclist to win the Triple Crown of victories in the Giro D’Italia, the Tour De France and the World Cycling Championship all in the same year.

In total he had 68 professional wins including the Tour of Romandie 3 times, the Paris –Nice, the Tour of Corsica, the Tour of Midi Pyrenees, the Tour of Valencia, the Tour of Pays Basque, the 4 Days of Dunkirk as well as numerous stages in the great Tour de France.

His son Nicolas is following in his father’s footsteps and races for the French professional team, AGR2 La Mondiale team and team leader, a top 15 finisher in the 2010 Tour de France and a 7th placing in the 2010 Vuelta a Espana.