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Tesco Collection – Wicklow Town, Saturday 14th Aug

Friends and family of  William, Thomas Hollingsworth ( uncle) and Sharon Boland ( lovely Girlfriend!)  have very kindly organised a charity collection in Tesco, Wicklow Town on Saturday the 14th of August. They will be starting the collection around 9 o’clock, so keep an eye out for them!

And we just want to say a special thank you to Sharon and Thomas for all there help and support. We really appreciate it!

Celebrity Fans and Exclusive Training Footage

The weekend of 17/18 July was a busy one for the Cycle of America Team!

Saturday morning saw our final day of public fundraising in Ireland, with a collection on Grafton Street on a rainy day. Despite the gloomy weather, the passing public generously donated nearly 450 euro to our charities. Amongst the crowds to walk by was Irish Rubgy Superstar Gordon D’Arcy who wished the Team well and was delighted to pose for a picture.

From left to right: Eoin (cyclist), Mark (cyclist), Gordon D’Arcy and Donal (driver)

From left to right: Mark, Donal and Team friend Ciaran shaking buckets in the rain

On Sunday morning, the Team went for a quick 100km spin through their training ground – the Wicklow Mountains. The wet weather again rolled in, but spirits remained high and the lads enjoyed one of their last spins together before departing for Stateside.

You can view exclusive behind the scenes footage of the training session here:

Wicklow Mountains Spin – 18 July 2010

Charity Single Launched: “You, Disassembled” by Brazen Lungs

The cover of "You, Disassembed" by Brazen Lungs. Designed by Stephen McGuinness

Last Sunday saw the launch of the Cycle of America 2010 charity single.  “You, Disassembled” was written and recorded by Dublin indie-pop band Brazen Lungs and is availabe online for only a euro!

If you’re in Ireland, simply text “music 6129” (without the quotation marks) to 57501.  Then, simply go to to claim your copy.

If you’re outside Ireland, you’ll need a credit card. Simply go here: and add it to your cart.

Thank you! All money made from the single will go straight to the Irish Cancer Society and the Livestrong Foundation.  Plus, if you buy before Thursday this week it will count towards the Irish charts!

In case you’re wondering, the song is about destroying something you love and the ensuing regret.  Also, robots.

Hello! Me and the Brazen Lungs lads have released a charity single, “You, Disassembled”. It’s for the Cycle of America 2010. We’d all really appreciate if you downloaded it this week. It’s only a euro.

If you’re in Ireland, simply text “music 6129” (without the quotation marks) to 57501. They’ll send you a PIN. Enter the PIN and your phone number on and the song is yours.

If you’re outside Ireland, you’ll need a credit card. Simply go here:,-disassembled and add it to your cart.

Thank you! All money we make from the single will go straight to the Irish Cancer Society and the Livestrong Foundation.

Goodbye Party in Whelan’s, Dublin.

Thank you to all who attended the Cycle of America 2010 Goodbye Party!  Three wonderful Irish bands – Radio Kaliningrad, Chayka and Brazen Lungs – wowed the audience at Whelan’s last Sunday.  Circa 10 o’clock the whole CoA2010 Team took to the stage, and Mark delivered a heartfelt Thank You speech to the rapt audience.

Thanks must also be given to the bands, without whom the night wouldn’t have been so enjoyable.  They are:

Radio Kaliningrad –

Chayka –

Brazen Lungs –

Cycle of America Goodbye Party!

Hey everybody, don’t forget our Goodbye Party tomorrow night at 8pm in Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin. €7 at the door, all proceeds to charity as usual. Come out and show your support and help us smash our €20,000 fundraising target! See you there!

Cycle of America Goodbye Party at Whelan's

Charity Shave next Wednesday!

Next Wednesday at 8.30 in the Jobstown House, Jim Lucey will be shaved to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society! His friends Ed Smith in Virginia and Frankie Eickhoff of Alabama will be shaved simultaneously over in the USA to raise money for the Livestrong Foundation!

Table Quiz in St. Vincents GAA Club

The Cycle of America Team held a table quiz in St. Vincent’s GAA Club, the former hurling Club of cyclist Eoin McNamara, on Wednesday 14 July. There was a great turnout of family, friends and locals, with everyone enjoying the challenging questions. The quiz, mastered by driver Rob Shiels, and raffle together raised over €700 for the cause!

A big ‘thank you’ goes to the staff of St. Vincents for their help in advertising and promoting the quiz, and well done to the winners John G, John S, Derek and Colm who went away with wine donated by Michael Slattery Wines and Spirits, and comedy tickets donated by The Helix Theatre.

Other kind sponsors of raffle prizes were:

Kay Bradfield – Artist;


AM Frames, Drumcondra;

Bradley’s Pharmacy, Drumcondra;

Banks Pharmacy, Marino;

David Boles Pharmacy, Drumcondra;

Michael Slattery Wines and Spirits;

Canters Restaurant, Fairview;

The Helix Theatre;

West Wood Health Clubs;

Susan Ross Ltd (Ladies Fashion);

Cabello Hair Design;

Power City;

Carolans Off License, Drumcondra; and

Butlers Pantry, Clontarf.

Thanks to all of the above business and remember to shop local!

Below are some pictures from the night:

Sponsored Shaves!

On Wednesday the 21st of July, Jim Lucey (father of driver Donal Lucey), will undergo  a charity shave in the Jobstown House in Tallaght. His beard, which has not been shaved for quite possibly decades, will be forcibly removed.  If we raise enough money then the eyebrows might have to go too! If you are in the Tallaght area and feel like a laugh, please drop by and support the Irish Cancer Society!

On the same day, his friends Ed Smith of Hopewell, Virginia, and Frankie Eickhoff of Cottondale, Alabama, will also bravely remove their facial hair for the LIVESTRONG Foundation. Thanks to Sarah Smith for cornering the hairy fellows so we can shave them! If you can’t make the events, check back here for before and after pictures!

Quiz night – Dublin

Our next event is a table quiz on this coming Wednesday 14 July on at St Vincent GAA club in Marino, Dublin .  We will be holding a raffle, full of prizes galore so be sure to come along to be in with a chance- if you’re not in, you can’t win!!

Gym 5 mile run – Glenroyal Hotel

In a massively impressive time of 31.53, Jimmy Hoare won first place in the sponsored 5 mile run that took place in the Glen Royal Gym in Maynooth on Friday 9 July .  Well done to all other participants who put up a fantastic challenge and ran incredible races, however there could only be one winner!  Jimmy won a €100 voucher for Carton Square .  A big thank you to Shane O’Malley and James O’Neill for taking part on the day. Due to the efforts of these three lads who gave up their time to help raise money for us, €290 was raised for the Irish Cancer Society. Pats on the back lads!