Three Mayo men will undertake a 2,000 km ultra-cycling challenge this week from Lourdes to Knock.

Alan Heaney from Swinford, Gary Bigley from Kiltimagh, Jonathon Verry from Crossmolina and Maurice Dore from Co Westmeath  will cycle over 400km per day during the challenge.

The team will start the challenge from Lourdes tomorrow, making their way up through France, crossing the English Channel by ferry, cycling across England & Wales, ferry across the Irish Sea and cycling West to Knock where they hope to arrive on Saturday evening.

The men are raising funds Down Syndrome West, based in Swinford, and the suicide prevention charity Pieta House.

Alan Heaney told Midwest News that they've already had to deal with a jeep breaking down, and bicycles getting damaged in transit, before they start the challenge tomorrow morning.

The group's initial fundraising target was €20,000 and Alan says they've now revised this upwards, due to level of support they're received from the public already.

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