The event is now in its fourth year and Donal’s cyclists will once again be joining the Rugby Legends Cycle to pay tribute to the journey that Donal made in 2012. This cycle will take them from Waterville to the Brandon Hotel in Tralee in memory of a brave young man, his battle with cancer and the extraordinary legacy that he left behind.
Join Fionnbar Walsh, family, friends and a host of international Rugby Legends on Sunday 6th of September to celebrate Donal’s achievements both on and off the bike and to raise funds for the C.R.O.S.S. Charity’s cancer research projects.
Message from Fionnbar Walsh, Donal’s Dad
Well here we are, four years on from when Donal joined the CROSS Legends Challenge cycling from Moll’s Gap to Tralee with the lads. Little did we think then that his third and final life challenge with Osteo Sarcoma was so close and that he would not be around for the second cycle. Since then, in Donal’s honour, I have taken to the bike and done a few stints of this CROSS challenge annually.
In year two we held the first Cross Donal’s Mountain stage from Tralee to Moll’s Gap. Yep, Donal’s way of getting a little revenge in first at his dad… Donal came down but I had to go up and then continue with the group to Bantry. Then last year I was invited to join the challenge from Mizen to Malin and enjoyed the full tour, even speaking at a few schools along the way. Yes, last year was fun and around 850k in total over seven days. This year the challenge is 1000k from Skibbereen to Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way – what an adventure. Cross Donal’s Mountain will take place on Sunday 6th September and his stage is officially from Waterville to Tralee, taking in the side of the Short Mountain as it enters Tralee. This is a lovely 5k climb which is marked at each kilometre along the route – that doesn’t help! Those wishing to do the full trek of the day will start out in Bantry over the Caha Pass to Kenmare then follow the Ring of Kerry route to Killorglin and end up in Tralee, a total of 185k. Michael has put in a slightly shorter route of approximately 165k but it does involve an extra little bit of climbing… Carrauntoohil to be exact so those thinking of easy can think again and look at it as “The long way round” or “The hard way round”! Either way it is one long day in the saddle.
Over the past few years we have had some great days on Cross Donal’s Mountain and I hope that we can get as much support again this year.