One of Ireland’s main fundraising events for Down Syndrome, the annual Tour de Leinster cycle is now open for registration.

In what will be its fourth edition so far, this year’s cycle will cover 600km over a four-day period and is slated to begin from September 14-17.

The challenge gives interested and registered cyclists the opportunity to cycle shoulder to shoulder with Stephen Roche, the Irish Tour de France and Giro D’Italia legend. The racing route winds through Leinster, on some spectacular route and some amazing scenery along the way.

Costs involved are to be borne by each participant as all funds raised from the Tour de Leinster cycle will go directly to Down Syndrome Ireland so as to help support some of the essential services for the participating Leinster branches.

At the launch of the 2017 Tour de Leinster, Roche said:

“I am delighted to be part of this fantastic event for Down Syndrome Ireland once again. The Tour de Leinster is a magnificent cycling challenge, it’s so well organized and you get amazing support from people with Down syndrome and their families along the way.”

He also made mention of how he was looking forward to meeting some of the new friends he made during the last year edition of the event. The rider also hoped those four days of cycling would be very enjoyable ones.

Mary Doherty, the President of Down Syndrome Ireland who spoke during the event thanked Stephen Roche for having the time to come on board once again and help them raise the funds needed to take care of people with Down Syndrome in the country.

She also thanked everyone who has been so generous enough to work with their Leinster branches in order to cater for sufferers of the syndrome.