JAMES GETS into gear for charity cycle

Dromara man, James Curran, warms up for the Giants Causeway Sportive.
Dromara man, James Curran, warms up for the Giants Causeway Sportive.

Dromara man, James Curran is turning things up a gear for charity!

He is currently preparing to cycle in one of the most popular events in the sporting Calendar - the ‘Giants Causeway Sportive’ cycling challenge - taking place on September 7 around the iconic North Coast.

As a keen cyclist and busy Power NI employee, James has been with the company for over 10 years, he likes to balance his hectic schedule with cycling to keep fit and unwind.

The Giant Causeway Sportive will allow him to keep active whilst raising money for a worthwhile cause.

James said: “I caught the cycling bug a while ago thanks to my bother-in-law. We set ourselves a challenge to complete part of the Causeway Sportive in 2012.

“Our aim for 2013 is to finish the 80 mile circuit in a faster time without any injuries.”

Now in its third year this year’s event is expected to have up to 1400 cyclists taking part but the adventurous cycle has a meaning much closer to home for many including James.

“Although there are two other nominated charities associated with the event, I am raising money for the Aplastic Anaemia Trust,” he added.

“It’s a charity that’s close to my heart as my youngest sister Naomi was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia when she was only four and sadly passed away a year later.

“Few people know about the disease despite the fact that it is as common as some types of leukaemia and is just as devastating.

“I hope my 80 mile route will in some small way help raise more awareness for this illness.”

Local cycling enthusiasts have been training hard for the Sportive, which offers three routes - from 36 miles for beginners up to a daunting 115 mile ride for seasoned cyclists.

For more information on The Giants Causeway Coast Sportive, take part in the event or donate to the charities involved, visit www.giantscausewaysportive.com