On Thursday August 11th, a team of 'leisure' cyclists commenced a demanding four-day 600km ride which took them through all the counties of Munster.
BMW Motorrad Ireland supported the event with the supply of three R 1200 RT escort bikes to ensure the cyclists safety throughout the four days.
The first day of the eleventh "Tour de Munster" took the cyclists from Cork city into County Waterford for a big climb at the Vee and through Tipperary and Limerick to Killaloe, County Clare. On day two they went through Limerick and North Kerry to Tralee.
Day three saw them face more big climbs over the Conor Pass and Molls Gap as they made their way via Dingle and Killarney toward Kenmare. Day four started with a climb over the Caha Pass and the grand finish in Cork city
Participants in the 2011 Tour de Munster each collected sponsorship in support of Down Syndrome Ireland. The 2010 event raised €250,000 for DSI Munster and the hope is that once the final funds are counted, that 2011 will top that!