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Saturday 19 August 2017

Saddle-sore Sile Seoige tells of charity ride Golden moment

Broadcaster Sile Seoige has told of her joy at cycling over San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.

The Galway native was on the US west coast with the garda charity cycle, Tour de Force, to raise money for Irish charities.

"We did the iconic thing going over the Golden Gate Bridge which I will never forget," she said.

"Because we had 54 of us cycling across, we had a full police escort, it was just the stuff of dreams.

"We were going across saying, 'Don't forget this, this is amazing'. And it was. We all just felt really lucky."

Sile, who has helped raise thousands for charity, told Eoghan McDermott on 2fm's Breakfast Republic that she was "slightly surprised I came back without a scratch on me", being a "complete novice" cyclist.

"I was in awe of everybody and it was deeply humbling for me on many levels. It really put me in my box in terms of fitness, because I thought I was really, really fit," she said.

"I'm reasonably fit, but biking is a totally different thing. I was like, 'How do you use gears?' And the classic, 'I don't know what I'm doing here'.

"But I got through. Besides the fact that my bum was a bit raw, I didn't fall off the bike which was major success for me.

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"I can't say that I didn't have any help. I had a strong hand on my back pushing me up quite a few hills and I was very, very thankful for them each and every time."

Sile (35) gave slightly too much information about her post-cycle delight at surviving "numb bum".

"I was well-informed that there was a process. You get the special nappy pants with a padded bum," she said.

"And then you lash on a load of cream pre and post-cycle. And apparently that's what saved me."

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