International rugby legends and husband and wife team, John Hayes and Fiona Steed, are gearing up to join 7,000 cyclists at this year’s Great Dublin Bike Ride, one of the keynote events of the new Dublin SportsFest which will be formally launched next week.
The bike ride, which consists of two different routes around Dublin, starts at Merrion Square and finishes at DIT Grangegorman, on Sunday, September 23rd.
“We are really looking forward to taking part in this year’s event, said Hayes. “This is a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get out and take on a new challenge.”
“There are two routes for participants to choose from – a 65km route and 105km route – so this is a chance to get the whole family together, to enjoy a great day out, whatever your level of fitness.”
“Fiona and I have started training with our children and we have all fallen in love with cycling. It’s a great way to keep mentally and physically fit and now we have this to work towards.”
“Finding quality time to spend as a family unit and making time to exercise is not always easy,” added Steed.
“Certainly for us, between juggling the farm and everything in between, it’s very easy for all of us to put exercise and activity on the long finger.”
“John and I set out to make some changes that would allow us to get out and get active, while spending time with the girls and encouraging them to understand the importance of exercise. For us, cycling is a great way to have fun with the whole family, as well as looking after your mental and physical health. We’re already in training for the Great Dublin Bike Ride and we can’t wait to tackle the challenge.”
The Great Dublin Bike Ride is an initiative from Sport Ireland who, in conjunction with Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland, Fingal County Council and Cycling Ireland have create the only cycling event of its kind in Dublin.
Last year’s sell-out event featured 6,000 cycling enthusiasts from over 26 countries, around the world. Thirty-two counties in Ireland were also represented on the day, with participants ranging from 17 to 73 years old.
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