Tuesday 23 January 2018

Man planned Dublin to Turkey charity cycle before he even owned a bike

Sean Rowland (27) and Cian Whooley (28) set off on a 9 week charity cycle to Istanbul.
Sean Rowland (27) and Cian Whooley (28) set off on a 9 week charity cycle to Istanbul.

WHEN Cian Whooley first raised the idea of a charity bike ride from Dublin to Istanbul a serious flaw in his plan was raised - he didn't even own a bike.

The problem was pointed out by Cian's work colleague and fellow traveller on the trip Sean Rowland.

"I mentioned the idea of a cycle across the continent, even though the furthest I had ever ventured at that point on a bike was 30km," Cian (28) said.

"There was no plan in place and I had yet to even purchase a bike, but we began discussing how we would plan the journey out.

"Last year we finally decided to take the plunge after cycling Mizen to Malin with minimal training and managed to survive. This will be a bigger step-up," he said.

Yesterday the pair, who work in Accenture, set out from The Spire on O'Connell Street for the 4,500km journey across 16 countries to the Turkish city.

Corkman Cian will be donating all proceeds to Bantry Hospital, while Mayo native Sean (27) is collecting for the Special Friends Mitchelstown charity during the Trans-European adventure, a cause very close to his heart.

"My two-year-old niece Rose was diagnosed at birth with a rare neurodevelopmental disorder called Williams Syndrome," he said.

"It affects 1 in 10,000 people worldwide, but requires constant medical attention," he added.

The two will be blogging their journey and hope to build on the €2,000 raised to date.

Donations to the cycle can be made at www.rotharchallenge.com.

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