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What we do

   Braking Away Irish Cycling Tours are delighted to support the Irish Youth Foundation Charity Cycle 2022. In 2021 our riders raised over €92,000 during our Mizen to Malin cycle and this year we hope to raise even more. In the last 31 years, the Irish Youth Foundation has raised over €20 million and supported more than 2,000 projects on the island of Ireland, reaching 50,000 of our most disadvantaged children and young people directly. We are committed to supporting them in any way we can.
   We have designed a fully supported 6-day tour that will be appealing to cyclists of all levels. In keeping with the challenging nature of previous international charity cycling events for the IYF, we have chosen the home of Cycling, Italy, for 2022. 
  We will cycle in groups of eight and each group will have a dedicated cycle guide. We have support vehicles on the road packed with snacks and refreshments and the tour will have a paramedic travelling with the group . We intend to have two coffee/pit stops and a sit down lunch on each stage.
   All our hotels are hand picked to ensure you have the finest food and facilities. We will take care of all luggage transfers and check ins. All lunch/dinner and snacks are covered in your entry fee. So all you have to do is turn up and enjoy the ride.
 

Our Crew

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Gordon Geraghty

   Braking Away Irish Cycling Tours was founded in 2021. 
It came about when founder, Gordon Geraghty decided to combine his life long passion for cycling with his exceptional project management skills. Adding to that his personal experience in organising cycling tours across Europe, Braking Away Irish Cycling Tours was born. 

   When not organising tours, you'll find him somewhere in Europe with his bike, tent and a smile on his face. 

Matteo Cigala

We are delighted to have Matteo on board this year. Matteo is a former U23 continental pro-cyclists and has won over 100 races since he started at the age of 6. He has participated in numerous international races as a member of the Italian National team. He has competed in the 2011World Championship Juniors in Copenhagen, the Paris-Roubaix 2011 Juniors in France, the Trofeo Karlsberg 2011 Juniors in Germany and the Course de la Paix 2011.

In the Irish scene, he was the  highest Elite ranking domestic rider in 2017. During the An- Post Ras (UCI 2.2), he has finished as a Top County Rider four times over the last 2 years.

In 2022 Matteo will, once again, put on the Italian National jersey and will compete in the 2022 e-racing world championships.

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Cora Fox

Cora is our client liaison officer. As you can see, Cora is a rugby fanatic, a Leinster season ticket holder for 17 years and has travelled around the world with the Irish team. She has worked as a legal PA for over 20 years and is extremely organised, (She’s the ‘real’ boss). Now semi retired to look after her mum, she can’t wait to get you all to Rome with a smile on your face.

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Danny Dowdall

Danny is our paramedic for the Milan to Rome trip. Danny is a massive Dub’s fan, a true blue. Danny is loved by all our crew for his positivity and helpful attitude. He is an absolute gem. Danny is on board to ensure all aches and pains are looked after and will be overseeing the safety off all riders.

Don Samway

   Meet Mr. Nice Guy, Don. But don't be fooled by that smile. Don is an extremely competitive racer. Don’s name is well known on the Irish Racing circuit. He has been racing since he was a teenager and has some great stage wins under his belt.

   But don't worry, now Don is happiest when he is on his bike and sharing his experience and knowledge with others. And truthfully, he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. 

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Willie Dowdall

Meet your commanding officer. Willie has spent 25 years in the Irish Army and runs ultra marathons before breakfast. He’s a stickler for time keeping and will be making sure that both cyclists and crew appear on the parade ground each morning. But you can stand at ease. He is a brilliant guy and is here to help you all the way to the finish line.

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Iain Dunne

Meet Iain. He is here purely to annoy the rest of the crew. Something he mastered on our crew recce. Iain is not a fan of cyclists. In fact, I have no idea why we even invited him along. No wait, I remember now. Iain is one of the brightest, funniest and most supportive people we have ever met. Even if Iain thinks cyclists wear nappies, you’ll have to be nice to him, he is in charge of the food and drink stops.

 

Accommodation

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   Your happiness and comfort is our priority. After a long day of cycling, we know how important a good night's sleep is. We have toured the route and hand picked the most welcoming hotels for you. A number of them have Health and Spa facilities.
   We ask all participants to share a room with a fellow cyclist. If you would like a single room, we can check with the hotel but can not guarantee there will be availability. 

 

Fully Supported Tours

Milan to Rome 2022
Milan to Rome 2022

Milan to Rome Charity Cycle for the IYF 2022.

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Milan to Rome Charity Cycle for the IYF 2022.

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   We understand what it takes to complete this epic challenge. We are fully committed to support you in every way possible. All our crew are there to back you up and get you to the finish line. Our support vehicles will carry food/snacks and refreshments and each support vehicle will have a spare bicycle in the event of a mechanical. Our Road Captains will be able to help with any minor mechanical issues en route. If a cyclist does not wish to continue on any given day, they can jump on board with our crew. 
   Your safety is paramount to us. A qualified paramedic will travel with us for the entirety of the tour. We will send on all safety recommendations to you in your welcome pack. 
   We have a dedicated accommodation manager (Cora Fox). Cora will make sure that all cyclists are checked in and we will have your luggage brought to your room before you arrive at the hotel each evening. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know is advance and we will let the hotels know.    

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Milan to Rome Kit.

Each Cyclist who registers for the Milan to Rome IYF Cycle will receive a specially designed Cycling Kit.

The Kit will include a top quality Cycling Jersey and bib shorts.

To qualify for the full kit, you must register before the 30th June.

 
 

Detailed Routes

GPX files will be provided closer to the event.

Day One
Milan to Parma

Day Two
Parma to Massa

Day Three
Massa to Florence

Distance - 119km        Elevation - 367m

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Distance - 147km        Elevation - 1630m

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Distance - 131km        Elevation - 190m

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Day Four
Florence to Siena

Distance - 79km        Elevation - 1282m

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Day Five
Siena to Bolsena

Distance -114 km        Elevation - 1226m

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Day Six
Bolsena to Rome

Distance - 118km        Elevation - 1342m

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Milan to Rome Registration

24th September - 1st October.

Entry Fee €1,850. Flights not included.

You can register using our online booking form or by emailing lucy@iyf.ie.

We only have 50 slots available. We accept payment by bank transfer or credit card. Details of how to make payment are listed on the online booking form. The costs of participating is €1,850 per person

 

This includes:

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation (sharing) in 3*/4* hotels.

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner each day of the cycle

  • Bike transfer from Dublin to Milan and from Rome to Dublin

  • Baggage transfer each day to the next hotel

  • Fully supported tour including cycle guides, mechanics and safety vehicles

  • Paramedic with response vehicle from start to finish.

  • Irish Youth Foundation Milan to Rome cycling jersey and bib shorts.

  • Finishers trophy.

  • Coach transfer from Bergamo Airport, Milan to your hotel. (There will be one coach collection point at Bergamo Airport on September 24th. 

What is not included in entry fee.

  • Flights to and from Italy.

  • Travel Insurance to include personal travel, bike and personal liability.

  • Bike and personal equipment

A non refundable deposit of €500 to maintain your slot is required by May 1st. A further payment of €800 is required by June 31st and the remaining €550 deposited by August 1st 2022.

Fundraising is an important aspect of the cycle. As well as the participation fee, the IYF is asking participants to fundraise a minimum of €2,000 to participate in the cycle.

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