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New date for Harbour Cycle

Thursday, 20th April, 2017 1:01am

Ready, set, go! The Cork Harbour Cycle is becoming an event of the Cork Harbour Festival and is adding a 100km route option to the traditional 40km waterfront circuit.

The cycle started in 2003 and is now joining the other events of the Cork Harbour Festival week in June.

The Cork City Marathon has moved to Sunday of the June Bank Holiday this year so the three big sporting events are the Ocean to City on the Saturday, Marathon on Sunday and Cork Harbour Cycle on Monday 5 June.

The cycle is the main annual fundraiser for Africa Direct, an all-voluntary Cork-based charity.

Funds this year will go to build 72 traditional mud-walled houses for a community of families in Jamanoor, Kenya.

These families are long term refugees and have been living for many years in ‘paper houses’ made from branches covered in scraps of waste plastic.

A traditional two-roomed corrugated roofed house costs €450.

A group of Cork volunteers, who have also been raising funds, will travel to Jamanoor in June, where they will get a chance to learn and work on building mud-walled houses with the community.

The 40km route suits all cyclists and follows the waterfront paths and roads with harbour views, while the 100km follows the same route but also extends from Monkstown to Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline and Crosshaven, before returning to cross with the ferry to Cobh and back to the city.

Cyclists must register in advance, see africadirect.ie or phone 021-4806425.

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