“Great tour, brilliant fun, see you in 2017!”
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About the Tour
The 2017 Cross Atlantic Cycle (known to many as the Rugby Legends Cycle) is gearing up for its 6th year and we can hardly believe it! To date, we have raised over €400,000 for Cross Charity www.crosscharity.ie and cycled over 510,000 kilometres – legendary! But none of this could have happened without your help so we would like to say a huge thank you to our amazing cyclists, our fantastic Legends, our generous sponsors, our tireless support staff and our ever-vigilant motorbike marshals. Your hard work is already making a difference and pushing cancer research forward. Together, we will win the fight against cancer.
The 2017 route is one of our best yet and covers some of the best sections of the Wild Atlantic Way. Tour Director Michael O’Boyle has included some of his favourite cycling routes, taking in everything from stunning scenery along the best sections of the Ring of Kerry and the Skellig Ring (included in Lonely Planet’s top 10 places to visit for 2017), Valentia Island and a few of Ireland’s classic climbs to keep everyone on their toes! We’ll be heading over the mighty Coomanaspic Pass, the Conor Pass and Coomakista and staying overnight in Sneem, Dingle, Tralee, Lahinch before we finish in Galway where we will host our annual Legends Night dinner.
See you in September!
The Cross Atlantic Cycle has 3 objectives, each of which has equal importance for our Charity Partner C.R.O.S.S. Charity.
1. Cancer Awareness.
Cancer awareness is a key component of Cross Charity’s mission. We use the tour and other initiatives to provide a platform to educate the whole community on the benefits of exercise, diet and weight management in the fight to prevent cancer. During the tour we visit schools, rugby clubs and local community centres.
2. Community Support.
Through our annual cycle we have built a community that works together to support the work of Cross Charity as it battles cancer and its causes. The volunteers, business groups, cyclists and community visits bring together a community of people who work together to achieve a common goal. Our group includes cancer survivors, their friends and relatives, cancer combatants (medical and scientific professionals and their volunteer supporters) who come together in a collaborative way, supporting each other emotionally and professionally throughout the year to make a difference in the battle against and the recovery from cancer.
3. Fund Raising.
Working together we can identify the equipment and resources needed by Cross Charity in their research into cancer causes and cures. Our annual cycle event allows us to generate event profits that are utilised to fund some or all of the requirements specified by the Cross team.