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Former cycling pro Paul Kimmage to make a come-back in the saddle for the Irish Hospice Foundation!
Sports journalist and former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage will be saying ÔCiao!Õ to Italy this summer as he gets in the saddle to support the Irish Hospice FoundationÕs 10th Cycle Challenge.
Kimmage will be pulling on his jersey and retracing some of the miles he covered in the iconic Giro dÕItalia he raced as a professional on the Genoa to Rome cycle. Registration for the event closes on March 13th.
The Kingspan sponsored cycle, which has raised Û1.3m for the IHF since it started in 2009, will take place from June 21st to 27th with a stunning Italian backdrop.
Beginning at the coast, cyclists will challenge themselves to cycle 600km in five days, wheeling from Genoa to Rome and taking in famous Tuscany landscapes, medieval villages and breath-taking coastal views.
En route cyclists will have the chance to tackle the climb at Mount Serra Ð which was twice featured in the Giro, and a legendary training climb for many pro riders.
Sunday Independent journalist Paul Kimmage, who launched the cycle today, (Monday, January 12th), said: ÒIÕm looking forward to getting on my bike for the 2015 Kingspan IHF Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge. As well as being a vital fundraiser for the important work of the Irish Hospice Foundation, the cycle routes planned are fantastic and I would encourage cyclists of all abilities to consider getting on their bike for this worthy fundraiser.Ó