Laois Sports Partnership is proud to announce ‘Cycle for SID’ is teaming up with Laois Cycling & Touring Club for this year’s big cycle being held across county Laois to raise much needed funds for people with disabilities in Laois.
The cycling event was launched in 2013 to raise funds for Laois LSP’s SID programme. The 2013 cycle supported by Portlaoise Rotary Club was a week-long tour from France back to Portlaoise. This year’s event will have a one day format, with cyclists touring a circuit of Laois.
Commencing in Portlaoise the inclusive cycle will see participants with a choice of taking either a 120km or 60km route around the county. Organisers hope the event will attract a large number of cyclists from local clubs looking for a fun challenge and leisure cyclists who wish to support a very worthy cause.
The funds raised from the event will allow Laois Sports Partnership to continue to provide sports and physical activities for over 400 people with disabilities in Laois.
World and Paralympic double gold medallist, Mark Rohan said “I’m really looking forward to competing in Cycle for SID, what a great cause. “That sense of freedom. There’s nothing like it in the world. When I first sat in my bike, I couldn’t have imagined the places that it would take me to and the success it would bring. From the lows of my accident to the elation of winning for my country on the world stage. I have enjoyed success at a level I never dreamed of.”
With the assistance of over 250 volunteers, Laois Sports Partnership run programmes such as Tandem Cycling, Laois Boccia League, Soccer, Basketball/Wheelchair Basketball, Inclusive Leisure Centre Activities, Athletics, Badminton to name put a few.
Due to the continuous restrictions in funding Laois Sports Partnership needs to fundraise annually in order to maintain this Disability Programme, co-ordinated by local paralympian Garrett Culliton.
Garrett Culliton, Sports Inclusion disability officer in LSP said “We are really keen to continue to provide opportunities for people with disabilities in Laois to keep physically active so we really appreciate all the support we are getting towards our Cycle for SID.”
The entry fee for participants is €30 with a €5 discount for Cycling Ireland members. To register log on to www.laoissports.ie, where full details of distance, routes and timings for the event can also be found.
Cycle for SID will take place on Saturday 6th September at 10am from Portlaoise Lesisure Centre. Registration starts at 9am.