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Rebel Tour Inclusive Cycle

Sport Ireland Rebel Tour Inclusive Event A Huge Success

On Saturday September 9th the Sport Ireland Rebel Tour sponsored by Cork County Council & Bantry Bay Port Company was held at Glengarriff, Co. Cork. Over 2,000 cyclists braved the windy conditions to tackle the Beara Peninsula in the 15k, 55k, 85k & 160k.

This year Cork Sports Partnership teamed up with Cope Foundation to introduce the first Inclusive Cycle event at the Rebel Tour on the Beara Peninsula. The 15 kilometre route began at the Wild Atlantic Bar, Trafrask with cyclists making their way to the event headquarters and finish in Glengarriff.

The event was a hugely positive experience for both cyclists and support team. The excitement and anticipation in the days leading up to the event was matched only by the event itself. All of the training that everyone put in over the previous months was about to pay off and judging from the feedback they were not disappointed.

The fifty strong team of Participants and volunteers hailed from the Cope Foundation Centres at QDS, Mallow and Springfort.

Alan Brown of Cope Foundation QDS supported the coordination of the event and he stated “a cycling programme was established at the Mallow Centre 4 years ago thanks to the great efforts of our volunteers, in particular Jerry Mullane and Kathleen O'Keeffe. The programme has grown from strength to strength with another programme having recently been developed at QDS in Cork. These programmes offer participants a chance to get back on a bike or, to learn it as a new skill. It is true that most of us have fond memories of cycling when we were very young, it was our first experience of being independent and it represented freedom and fun especially when we were with our friends. These programmes attempt to provide an opportunity to revisit this sense of fun and excitement, except as adults.”

Group photo of cyclists and volunteers from Cope Foundation who participated in Sport Ireland Rebel Tour 2017. 

Paula Reilly, Physical Activity & Sports Department Supervisor, Cope Foundation Mallow said "it was a hugely enjoyable and benefical experience for all our athletes. For all of our athletes it was their first opportunity of being included in a cycling tour, and the first of many according to the majority of the athletes involved! A huge thanks must go to our volunteers for their support on the day and to Padraig Healy, Cork Sports Partnership, for all his assitance in the run up to the event."

Billy Gallagher (Mallow) said "the highlight from the day was that it was a fun cycle and he enjoyed the craic with the other cyclists long the way".

Patick Crowley (Mallow) stated that "what made his day was meeting Sonia O'Sullivan at end of the cycle".

Sandra Ryan (QDS) gave a "thumbs up" to the cycle

Gillian Lenihan (QDS) "it was enjoyable and it was great to have had that opportunity"

Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership Pádraig Healy said “We would like to say a huge congratulations to all participants who completed their first Sport Ireland Rebel Tour. We are delighted to have a wide range of abilities represented across the four routes in this year’s event. Cork sports Partnership would like to extend our appreciation to the staff and volunteers of Cope Foundation for making this event possible. To see the enjoyment and sense of achievement on the faces pf participants as they crossed the finish line reinforces the importance of creating opportunities for all population groups to participate in physical activity and mass participation events such as the Rebel Tour.”     

 

 

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