Wild Atlantic Cycling Challenge Unites Rugby Codes

Jun 2024
Cyclists taking part in the Rugby Elague Cares Wild Atlantic Way cycle
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Wild Atlantic Cycling Challenge Unites Rugby Codes

Riders raising funds for the UK sports charity Rugby League Cares and Rugby Players Ireland will arrive in Limerick, to the International Rugby Experience on Saturday afternoon, the 29th of June, having completed an epic 500-kilometre cycle ride along the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way. 

The Wild Atlantic Adventure has featured some great players from both codes of rugby on either side of the Irish Sea, including former Ireland RU internationals Niall Woods, ex-Leinster and Harlequins star Simon Keogh, British rugby league’s most capped player Adrian Morley, ex-Leeds, Hull, Wests Tigers and England forward Gareth Ellis and Andrea Dobson, the most decorated player in the history of women’s RL in the UK.

The ride started in Cork on Wednesday and has seen the riders visit Courtmacsherry, Skibbereen, Mizen Head and Bantry before heading into Killarney today (Friday) via the formidable Healy Pass and Gap of Dunloe mountain passes.

Saturday sees the riders head east from Killarney along the Limerick Greenway for a celebration party at the International Rugby Experience.

 

“We’re looking forward to arriving at the International Rugby Experience on Saturday, and to building on the friendships we have made along the way.”

Rugby League Cares chief executive Chris Rostron

Rugby League Cares chief executive Chris Rostron said: “The Wild Atlantic Adventure has been a huge challenge but a brilliant experience for all the riders involved. 

“The landscapes they have passed through have been simply stunning and it’s fantastic that the riders have been able to see such a beautiful part of the world from the discomfort of their bikes!

“The ride has also provided an opportunity for RL Cares and Rugby Players Ireland to forge even closer relationships: the two organisations share so much in common, not least our unswerving commitment to support the wellbeing of rugby players past and present. 

“It’s been great to see so many retired players from the two codes riding together, including RL legend Adrian Morley, who was inducted into the sport’s Hall of Fame two years ago at the same time as Ireland coach Andy Farrell.

“We’re looking forward to arriving at the International Rugby Experience on Saturday, and to building on the friendships we have made along the way.”

To support the work of RL Cares, please consider sponsoring one of the riders via their dedicating fundraising page

 

Cyclists taking part in the Rugby Elague Cares Wild Atlantic Way cycle
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