East Cork Cycle enthusiasts are being encouraged to saddle up this April and raise funds for Cork Charities, which include the Cancer Care Centre at the Mercy Hospital.
This year the Fort 2 Fort Charity Cycle will take place on Sunday, 14 April with all monies raised on the day going directly to Mercy University Hospital Cancer Care Centre, Midleton, Cobh, Carrigaline, the Cork City Lions Clubs, and Camden Fort Meagher Restoration Fund.
The 2018 Fort 2 Fort Cycle raised almost €20,000. To date, over 3500 cyclists have participated in Fort 2 Fort, and €144,000 has been raised for local beneficiaries.
The 2019 event will commence at Brambly Lodge near Fota Resort and finish in Camden Fort Meagher, with brand new cycle routes included.
Participants will be able to choose from a Couch-40km route starting at Monkstown Playground.
A 65km route will start at Brambly Lodge to Carrigtwohill, before heading towards the cross river ferry to Monkstown and onto Camden Fort Meagher.
The 85km route will also commence at Brambly Lodge, heading to Midleton before doubling back to cross the river by ferry at Carrigaloe and onto Camden.
For the extreme cycle enthusiasts the 120km route will leave Brambly Lodge and head to Whitegate, before heading to Carrigaloe to cross the river by ferry and onto the finishing point at Camden Fort Meagher.
This is the eighth year of the event, taking cyclists through some of the most spectacular scenery around Cork Harbour.
To register for the routes, check on the Mercy Hospital Fundraising Facebook page or log onto:https://www.mercyfundraising.ie/events/fort-2-fort-charity-cycle
For anyone interested in taking part in Fort 2 Fort 2019, an early bird registration fee of €39 is available until the 1 March. After that, registration is €45 for those who sign up before noon on Friday 12 April, and for those who want to register on the day, it’s €50.