By Tommy Campbell, Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
The Bray Wheelers Cycling Club is adding another string to its bow this Sunday, September 18, not in a race, but in a leisure cycle on behalf of a worthy cause: the local Bray Cancer Support Centre. The "Joe Loughman Randonnee" will be using the Route de Chill Mhantain, which is the course that is used for the Shay Elliott event held each year and which has attracted quality participants down the years, one such being Sean Kelly who won the event back in the 1970's.
This year they have an unexpected bonus, which may attract the racing fraternity: An event scheduled for Athlone has been cancelled, which just may tempt some to travel to Bray.
According to organiser Victor Edmonds, a former Olympian, "all funds are being directed to the worthy cause. The club actively promotes racing, but this little detour is a welcome innovation for the cycling fraternity in general. We have had great support from various companies who have subscribed product to keep the hunger pangs at bay for the participants. We are geared to meet the requirements for at least 150, but if more arrive, we can always do the 'loaves and fishes' miracle!" Edmonds continued.
Sign on is in the Presentation College in Bray from 8.30 to 9.30. All donations will be gladly accepted on behalf of the Bray Cancer Support Centre. Certificates, T-shirt and refreshments will be the order of the day.