My name is Arthur Peter van Leeuwen and i am what you would call a leisure rider.
Although i do ride my bike a fair bit, i have never undertaken 1350 km before.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario in Canada, i moved here to Ireland in 2005. Why Ireland? I met a girl of course! She was from Cloyne and i thought it would be a good idea to follow her here. Although she moved to Canada the next year, i fell in love with this place and have made it my home.
I am primarily a Chef, working as the Head Chef at The Commons Inn in Blackpool Cork. I also do some work as a freelance web developer building web platforms and applications for clients in Ireland, the UK and Canada.
When i am not on my bike, running a busy kitchen or behind my computer tapping away at the keys, i like to play my guitars or harmonica, or do some drawing and painting.
On Thursday August 6th, i will embark on a 760km journey through all the counties of Munster that will last four days culminating with an ascent of the viciously steep and much vaunted " Patricks Hill " in Cork City.
I will be joining 120 cyclists in this, the 15th edition of "the Tour de Munster".
On Thursday September 24th i will travel to Dublin and ride 680km through all the counties of Leinster in the second "the Tour de Leinster" to again raise funds for Down Syndrome.
I am taking these challenges on to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland to help them provide much needed services for those affected by this debilitating condition in Cork City.
I am hoping to raise at least €1500 for Down Syndrome and Abigail
100% of all the donations i receive will go directly to provide these services.
I personally will cover all of the costs related to doing these cycles which include food, accomodation, cycling gear and training rides which will amount to over €1500.
on the web i am known as "Web Dev" for... Web Developer.