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Gift Of Cycling Project Launched!

28 March 2017

We have exciting news at the Giant Store Cork - we are setting up this year to make 2017 "The Gift of Cycling". 

The Gift of Cycling has stemmed from watching the progression of our own guys all the way from kids who started off cycling barely 5km to who are now on their way to being one of the top senior riders in Ireland. Through the years we have sponsored a number of events, charities, club's plus individual athletes through the store but we wanted something fresh that would give back to the community and better cycling in the long term.

The Gift of Cycling will aim to raise funds to purchase Bicycles and safety equipment for primary school students along with Bicycles for some families in need at Christmas. Our target in year one is to fully supply one classroom with Bicycles and help ten families at Christmas. By year two our Goal is to treble this number and by year three if we could cater for ten classrooms it would be amazing.

We will introduce a Bicycle skills day where we can have the schools interact in a fun environment whilst teaching road cycling skills and improving the kids confidence. By starting at a young age we should see the positive knock on effects for all road users in the years to come.

We have teamed up with MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz for the project which will bring a huge awareness to it. As a kid your first source of independence is a bicycle and of course as we grow older this then progresses to a car.

"MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz are proud to support the Cork Giant Store and the Gift of Cycling project. We have a number of keen cyclists within our own team at MSL Cork, including myself, so we are delighted to support both the sport and to play a role in giving the gift of cycling, which we have enjoyed so much ourselves, to those who otherwise may not have had the opportunity. We think this is a wonderful initiative and we are delighted to be involved ". Declan O Hara, General Manager at MSL Cork. 

We are currently contacting schools about this project but if you would like your school to be part of it please send an email to info@giant-cork.ie

With the team then it really is a personal thing. I have had most of these guy's since they were twelve and they have progressed as some of the countries top Underage and Junior riders. As a club in Ireland the biggest event I can get them to is An Post Rás. This year will be very much a steep learning curve for these young riders but our plan is to gain valuable race experience this year and move on towards the end of 2017 as a very competitive top senior team. If all keeps going to plan then we should be competitive in the 2018 season as a team and you'd never know what might happen at the Rás. The team car kindly sponsored by MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz brings a new level of professionalism to the team and raises the profile. 

Back up support for the team this year are:

John Murphy - Manager
Patrick O Connor - Mechanic
Frances Shanahan - IIEN Sports Injury Clinic Skibbereen Physical therapist  
Cork Giant Store - sponsor
MSL Cork Mercedes-Benz - sponsor