High nellies take on Joyce challenge

Laois High Nelly Carriers have set themselves a unique challenge to raise money for the the local hospice.

Laois High Nelly Carriers have set themselves a unique challenge to raise money for the the local hospice.

James Joyce may have thought that it would be a puzzle to cross Dublin with passing a pub in Ulysses, but the high nelly crew are planning to test his puzzle in their own fair county.

The cyclists will navigate the highways and byways of Laois on high Nelly or vinatge bicycles, without passing a pub. Not only will this cycle challenge bring you at a leisurely pace across LAois, but more importantly it will provide an opportunity to support a friend, family member or acquaintice who is undergoing their own courageous journey in their battle with cancer.

Day one will see the cyclists embark from Portlaoise to Portarlington. The following day they will head into the mountains as their route takes them from Port to Camross. From Camross the High Nelly’s will head towards Clough and then on to Abbeyleix. The final day will take them from Abbeyleix to Durrow.

The challenge will finish in Durrow on Bloomsday, Saturday, June 16. Participants are encouraged to get in the spirit and dress in clothes of this era.

Membership of a High Nelly club is not necessary but the use of a High Nelly or vintage bike is compulsory. Each participating cyclist will be issued with a specially printed High Nelly for Hospice Cycle Challenege souvenir passport which will be stamped at each rest and overnight station as verification of their completion of each stage of teh cycle challenge. Cyclists will also receive a “certificate of completion” having completed the five days cycle challenge.

The official launch and information evening for the cycle will take place in the Cuisle Centre, Portlaoise, tomorrow evening (Wednesday, March 6) at 7pm.

Guest speakers on the night will include the county manager, Peter Carey; Paul Mitchell, Cathaoirleach; Michael Pasons, National Heritage Officer; Mary Delaney, Laois Hospice and Hugh Sheppard, Laois High Nelly Harriers.