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OUR REASON FOR STARTING THE FREEWHEELERS 

LOUGH NEAGH TOUR

The Freewheelers Lough Neagh Tour was the name originally given to an organised charity cycle run, which took place for the first time in August 1991.  This original cycle tour was arranged as a result of a young baby who was diagnosed with severe kidney problems, family members got together with the idea that cyclists would collect sponsorship and take part in the Lough tour challenge, with all funds raised going directly to the kidney research charity.
 
The Freewheelers route around the UK and Ireland’s largest Lough is approximately 75 miles and the cyclists who completed the first Lough tour raised a total of £2600, which was well received at that time by the kidney research charity.
 
A short time before the Freewheelers first Lough tour a member of the organising committee, Ivor Jess was out on his bicycle,  training for the event when a tragic accident left him with a spinal injury meaning that he could no longer walk.  Ivor was determined from the outset to throw himself into wheelchair sport and quickly learned that specialised adaptive equipment such as sports wheelchairs and sit skis, are very expensive items but necessary for disabled people to participate in sport.  On seeing this first hand it was decided that the Freewheelers Lough Neagh Tour would become an annual fund raising event with all funds raised going towards disabled sport development.
 
The Freewheelers DSD (Disabled Sport Development) Lough Neagh Charity Cycle Tour
as it is now known, normally raises between three to six thousand pounds each year with all funds raised going towards disabled sporting groups such as the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club, The Spokes In Motion Wheelchair Tennis Club,  Ski-Ability,  Ulster Hand cycling Association and the All torque Track chair Racing Club.  The are no overheads taken out of funds raised apart from the event insurance at a cost of £250 and payment to the Red Cross at around £70.  Everything else required to make the event successful is begged and borrowed usually from friends and family.
 
This past number of years around 200 cyclists have turned up each time,  and either paid a small entry fee,  or collected sponsorship to participate in the event.  The Freewheelers tour organisers are extremely grateful to all cyclists who have taken part over the years and to all other people who assist in making this very popular annual event possible.  

For further details please contact IVOR JESS mob: 07711 692485