ENABLE Ireland Kerry is looking for cyclists to take part in a serious challenge this July riding through the Italian Alps and Dolomites, tackling many of the most famous Giro climbs and highest roads Europe has to offer.
Tommy Sheehy, who has raised tens of thousands over the years for Enable Ireland Kerry, will be taking part in the cycle from July 1 to July 8, where participants will tackle some of Europe’s most iconic climbs.
“This trip is not for the faint hearted,” said Sean Scally from Enable Ireland. “It’s not a holiday but a once in a life time experience. We’ll get you there, we will look after your bike, your food, your accommodation but unfortunately you will have to do the rest”.
Some of the climbs involved include:
• The Passo del Mortirolo. Known as the “leg breaker” with an average gradient of 10.5% and a maximum of 18% topping out at 1852m,
• The Gavia. This is often a showstopper in the Giro as in late May/early June the summit is often still caked in snow – but the Giro still tries pass the impassable. La Gazzetta dello Sport has described the Gavia as a Nordic, Northern, Polar Journey.
• The Passo dello Stelvio. Arguably, the purest, most exhilarating, mountain playground accessible to a cyclist. The climb is 21.9km, averages 7.1% and tops out at a whopping 2,758m. The decent winds its way through 48 hairpin bends and is a man made work of Asphalt art.
• The Avelengo. This climb is 8.8km long, but averages 10.9% with the last ramp a very cruel 16%.
• Monte Grappa q 21.1km climb with an average gradient of 6.3% not so bad you might think but at 7km the road ramps up to a nasty 20%.
Each day will bring a series of exhilarating climbs to challenge only the most experienced cyclists.
Enable Ireland Kerry Services are looking to put together a team from Kerry who will take part in this exciting trip and raise funds for our services.
For full details of the trip please contact 066 712 8220 for details. Also click here to find out more about Enable Ireland Kerry and Tommy Sheehy