Irish man to take part in 350km cycling challenge across Cuba

Posted: 26-May-15 12:37

An Irish man will cycle 350km across Cuba this autumn to raise money for the cancer charity Teens Unite. Michael Breen who currently lives in Dagenham is getting his practice in around the streets of London before he heads to the Caribbean island to begin the cycling ride in Havana alongside 14 others people.

Irish man to take part in 350km cycling challenge across Cuba

An Irish man is gearing up for a 350-kilometre bike ride this autumn in Caribbean Cuba in aid of a cancer charity.

Michael Breen currently lives in Dagenham in London and has been taking to the city's streets to practice for the ride across Cuba in October.

The 30-year-old is taking part in the ride alongside 14 others to raise money for the cancer charity Teens Unite.

Mr Breen, whose mother comes from Limerick in Ireland, told the Irish Post:

"Training is going extremely well and as a result of being out on my bike I have seen more of my home town in the last few months than I had done in the four years prior.

"I love cycling up to the old Ford works after the sun has gone down and am getting extremely confident on the main roads."

The cycling challenge in Cuba will start in the capital Havana and will run along the coast, passing tobacco and sugar cane fields and through traditional farming communities.

The money raised will go towards the charity that helps youngsters aged between 13 and 24 who are battling cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.

Cuba is a Caribbean island nation located south of the Bahamas and east of Mexico. It boasts stunning natural landscapes including miles of white sand pristine beaches, the second largest coral reef in the world, 14 thriving national parks, six world biosphere reserves, 236 protected areas, virgin cays, an array of historic towns and vibrant cities, and ancient many ruins and sites.

Some of the island's most popular destinations for holidaymakers include the bustling city of Havana; Varadero, a beach resort town with 21 kilometres of coastline and white sandy beaches; and Jardines del Rey, a popular spot for scuba diving and snorkelling with crystal-clear turquoise waters thriving with vibrant marine species.


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