Dear Fellow cyclist,
Over recent months our club website has been filled with pictures of Happy faces of our Apollo Rockets taking their first steps in this great sport of ours, their enthusiasm and hunger for learning is an inspiration to us all, the parents of these great kids are feeling reborn and reclaiming their own youth by standing on the sidelines cheering them on. Sadly this is not the case for all our members as in recent weeks we have learned that one little Rocket’s dream of reaching the stars is an uncertain one. Little James is a son of Apollo, at 4 years old he has been diagnosed with a rare type of Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Because one Gene is broken in this perfect little guy we can only look at the present and try and make his life as comfortable as possible, James is at the start of a long and unknown journey which is going to throw up huge challenges to his parents, both of whom we at Apollo know will be strong enough to help him overcome them. Both parents know whats ahead and in fact have not asked us for our help, but that is not the Apollo way, James is still a Rocket and we will help him get to the stars.
This year Apollo will host the James Journey Charity ride along side the Reliability Trial which will run on the 1st February to raise money to support James, the event will be called James Journey. We want you to come out in support of your fellow cyclist and ride our event, local business will be donating prizes for entrants on the day. Sign on will begin at 8am. Club members will be raising sponsorship and we encourage everyone coming to either pay the fee of £10 on the day or download our sponsorship form from our website ( James Journey sponsor form 2015) . Anyone raising in excess of £50 can enter the event free of charge plus the person raising the most sponsorship will receive a gift voucher kindly donated by Myles McCrorry of Galibier clothing for the sum of £200 for a head to toe winter clothing experience,spot prizes of gloves and overshoes will also be awarded on the day again kindly donated by Galibier. Our friends in cycle superstore Dublin have also kindly donated a superb cycle computer with cadence and heart rate monitor to the person on the sportif completing the course at an average speed decided by the club on the day. With the rapid advances of medical science James outlook is not completely bleak and we have hope that a cure can be found in the future so come along and help give him the best possible start on James Journey.
Please see below for the planned route: