Dromore riders pedal 220 miles between cities

Dromore Cycling Club riders line up at the start of the 2014 Maracycle at the House of Sport in Belfast.
Dromore Cycling Club riders line up at the start of the 2014 Maracycle at the House of Sport in Belfast.

Dromore Cycling Club took part in this years 30th Anniversary of Co-operation Ireland’s Maracycle with 15 members starting from the House of Sport on Malone Road, Belfast.

Most of the squad were attempting both days of the event on the 28 and 29 June which totalled over 220 miles going down to Dublin on the Saturday and returning to Belfast on Sunday, 110 miles each day.

Dromore Cycling Club saddling up for Day Two of the Maracycle at the DCU start line.

Dromore Cycling Club saddling up for Day Two of the Maracycle at the DCU start line.

Many of the guys were taking part for the first time at this event and had never gone as far before so it has taken a lot of hours training and effort to get ready for it.

The trip down was eventful with three punctures before they got to Newry but after that, the main group got going well, with great weather on the day, to get down in just over six hours riding time.

The well organised event had plenty of refreshment stops to keep the riders going on the way down and after a lunch break at Castlebellingham, the pace picked up and the group expanded with a few more riders joining to the finish of day one at Dublin City University in the north of Dublin.

The University provided accommodation for those taking part, an evening meal and breakfast, which were all very good and much appreciated by the club members after a long day’s cycling.

Day two brought more great weather and the Dromore return group of 13 set off at a great pace, picking up a larger group of riders along the way back up to Belfast.

With an average speed of just under 19mph, the group worked really well together and made a great team effort well marshalled by Captain Dave Burnside. Well done to all in the club and the riders who joined up with them.

A special mention goes to Bob, who was originally accompanying the Dromore riders to Newry but decided to go all the way to Dublin and after much debate, he then crashed on a couch for the night and cycled back up the next day to Dromore.

Congratulations to Andrea, who recently joined the club and completed both days of the event in a great time.

The Dromore riders had a cracking weekend of cycling, excellent weather and some great craic with hopefully a few pounds raised for the charity.

Thanks go from Dromore CC to Co-Operation Ireland for another excellent Maracycle.