The Kingspan IHF Atlantic to Med Cycle Challenge 2013
Following on from the hugely successful Lyon to Nice Cycle 2012 the Irish Hospice Foundation is delighted to announce the Kingspan IHF Cycle Challenge for 2013 will be from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean.
Join the Irish Hospice Foundation for the challenge of a lifetime and take on the Atlantic to Med Challenge! Travel from ocean to sea while taking on one of the greatest Tour de France climbs, the mighty Tourmalet!
Departing from Dublin on Sunday 21st July, we will fly to Bordeaux and be taken to our hotel in Biarritz by coach. The following morning we will begin the first of five days cycling through Basque style towns and villages, following along part of the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route before dipping into the Pyrenees for the brave among us. Following on from here will see the terrain loosing height and medieval towns dating back to the 14th Century like Carcassonne and will be in our sights. The route will take in sandy beaches, lush rolling hills and spellbinding images of castles and drawbridges. The Languedoc Roussillon Region of France is an unspoilt gem filled with breathtaking views of the coastline and the Pyrenees. It also has some of France’s best cuisine and a rich medieval history.
You will be cycling a total of 630km (incl. climbs)/ 560km (ex. climbs) over the five days, all the while raising vital funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation’s work to ensure that everyone in need has access to hospice care.
All fundraising goes towards the Nurses for Night Care programme
This year the proceeds of the Cycle Challenge goes towards our Nurses for Night Care Service. This service works to ensure that patients with all illnesses have appropriate access to palliative care when they need it most.
Fundraising can often be a challenging part of any fundraising event. However Amy our Events Executive is available to help you directly on how to best plan your fundraising activities. We have a whole range of ideas for cyclists who sign up and are happy to help develop your own idea where possible.
Get inspired. Get fit. Challenge yourself!
You can download our brochure with full details of the cycle, fundraising, travel and much more explained in the Atlantic to Med Cycle Challenge 2013 Brochure (click to download)
Still not sure?
- Take a look at our FAQs
- See what’s involved – for the first time ever, we are giving you a sneak preview before registration of the full extensive training guide courtesy of Irish Cycling Safaris. Download Atlantic to Med 20-Week training guide 2013
- Read about one cyclist’s personal experience of the Lyon to Nice challenge in 2012! Click here to download.
- Read testimonies from previous Cycle participants:
“Everlasting, wonderful memories, met exceptional people and felt so proud to have done this challenge for an organisation that has given so much to so many people.”
“Billed as the challenge of a lifetime, but turned out to be the experience of a lifetime.”
Kingspan Ltd has been the sponsor of the cycles for the past three years and we were delighted to announce earlier in September that they are continuing their support of the Irish Hospice Foundation and the Cycle Challenge for 2013 also. We are very grateful for their amazing support.
Cycle Challenge History
The Irish Hospice Foundation Summer Cycle Challenge has become an annual event. Since the first one took place in 2009, we have covered routes including Dublin to Paris, Paris to Geneva and Geneva to Nice, Lyon to Nice and now the Atlantic to Med!
We were delighted to have 47 fantastic participants take on our summer cycle challenge from Lyon to Nice this July. Huge congratulations to all of our cycling supporters who completed such an incredible achievement!
Thank you so much to each one of you and everyone who supported you in helping raise a massive €160,000!! WELL DONE!!
More photos from Kingspan IHF Lyon to Nice Cycle Challenge 2012: