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Mountain crown is on the line!

Wednesday, 14th March, 2018 5:00pm

Cork Harbour will be the backdrop for a battle royale that will see cyclists and climbers vie for the lofty title of King or Queen of the mountain.

On Sunday 15 April the annual Fort 2 Fort Charity Cycle will take place around Cork Harbour. This year the charity cycle has the exciting additions of new routes to choose from and the extra challenge (if you’re up for it!) of an intermediate timed-section uphill route of just over 500m on Siddon’s Court Hill, or Heartbreak Hill as it is known locally.

Prizes will be awarded for the best times for the top three men and top three ladies.

The cycle will start and finish in Fort Camden Meagher, Crosshaven, and cyclists can choose to tackle the 60km, 85km or 120km route.

Jim O’Connor, Chairman of this year’s Fort 2 Fort Cycle said: “The cyclists are at the heart of Fort 2 Fort’s success and we would like to thank them all for their outstanding support to date. We are looking forward to welcoming them and many new participants this year, where we have a choice of great new routes to offer riders of all levels, abilities, and ambitions a challenging and enjoyable day.”

Now in its seventh year, Fort 2 Fort has firmly established itself in the landscape of Cork’s cycling challenges.

It is open to enthusiasts of all abilities which is shown in the choice of distances offered. Last year the Fort 2 Fort cycle raised €22,575, and since its inception, over 3,000 cyclists have participated, raising almost €124,000 for the local beneficiaries.

Pat Horgan, the Head of SME Banking South, Midlands and West, Ulster Bank, speaking about the competition said: “Ulster Bank sees Fort 2 Fort as an exciting and energetic way to raise funds for key Cork charities; and we are thrilled to see many of our staff members also supporting it by taking part in the cycle year after year, highlighting its popularity.”

For anyone interested in participating, registration is €45 for those who sign up online before 12pm on 13 of April, or at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island on Saturday 14 April from 5-8pm.

Registration is now available online at mercyfundraising.ie.

For those who register on the day itself, from 8-9.30am in Crosshaven GAA Club, the cost will be €50.

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