Former professional cyclist Paul Kimmage was on hand to launch the Irish Hospice Foundation’s 10th Cycle Challenge.

This year’s challenge will take riders on 600km journey from Genoa to Rome.

Cyclists will also have the chance to tackle the Mount Sera climb, made famous by the Giro d’Italia.

Speaking at today’s launch Kimmage said: ‘I’m looking forward to getting on my bike for the 2015 Kingspan IHF Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge.’

‘As well as being a vital fundraiser for the important work of the Irish Hospice Foundation, the cycle routes planned are fantastic and I would encourage cyclists of all abilities to consider getting on their bike for this worthy fundraiser.’

The challenge has raised over €1.3m for the foundation since it’s inception in 2009 with the money going to causes such as the Nurses for Night Care Service.

The Cycle Challenge will run from 21st- 27th June and registration for closes on 13 March.

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