Major Cycling Event This Month To Be Huge Boost For Tralee

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At the launch of the SRAC Atlantic Challenge at The Rose Hotel back in December were, in front; Seamus Cotter, John Murray, Sean Kelly and Neil Bradley, back from left; President of Tralee Chamber Alliance Aidan Kelly, Managing Consultant with Tralee Chamber Alliance Ken Tobin, Josephine Molyneaux and Kay McNamara of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland, Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council Norma Foley, The Rose Hotel’s Director of Sales and Marketing Michele King and Mayor of Tralee Graham Spring. Photo by Dermot Crean

TRALEE is gearing up to host one of the biggest and best charity cycling events of the year, as an estimated 1,500 riders will take part in the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge (SRAC) at the end of the month.

It’s an amazing opportunity to cycle with sporting icons, legends and heroes on one of the most spectacular routes in the world: the Wild Atlantic Way.

The SRAC is one of Ireland’s premier charity cycles, attracting thousands of riders since it was established in 2011.

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This year – and for the next three years – the event moves to Tralee, and will raise funds for Make-A-Wish Ireland, Seeking Vision, and The Alzheimer Society’s Rosemary Centre in Tralee.

Organised and hosted by the Chain Gang Cycling Club in Tralee, the SRAC is also expected to generate over €250,000 for the local economy.

Amongst the riders at the starting line in Tralee on March 30th will be:

• Cycling legend Sean Kelly
• Olympic hero Sonia O’Sullivan,
• Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first all-diabetes pro racing team
• Seven-time national triathlon champion Gerard Hartman
• Emma O’Reilly, former soigneur to Lance Armstrong
• And 1,500 fun-loving cyclists of all levels and abilities, from fifteen different countries

Two distances are available to participants – 135k and 100k, both starting at the Rose Hotel at Fels Point in Tralee at 9am and finishing on Denny Street from 1pm onwards

“The Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge is one of Ireland’s leading sportives, and it’s a real privilege to be able to host it in Tralee this year – and for the next three years also,” said John Murray, chairman of host club The Chain Gang in Tralee.

“With 1,500 riders arriving from all over Ireland and beyond, it will help raise the profile of Tralee and Kerry. Promotional footage from this year’s SRAC will used to promote the event in the future.”

The Chain Gang Cycling Club is partnering for the SRAC with the local tourism trade, Tralee Chamber Alliance, Kerry County Council, an Garda Síochána, and other stakeholders. The event is a sell-out, and registration will not be available on the day of the SRAC.

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