Having to set off from places like Listowel, Donegal, Dublin and Limerick in the very early hours in order to arrive at Birr for 7am,then cycle 200k in the middle of winter may not be enticing to everyone, but that’s what 70 hardcore cyclists from around the country did, on Sunday last.
This is a ‘no assist’ event, which means, a rider has to be completely self sufficient in terms of food, drink, first aid and bike repair. Riders then are requested to bring back receipts from four different points along the circuit, in order to verify they have passed through the checkpoints.
For some riders, it meant 12 hours in a saddle, in the rain, so commitment and dedication are attributes that are required in abundance. A sore butt would was the order of the day for some!
It was fantastic achievement that everyone returned, safe, tired, and content in the knowledge that the epic challenge was overcome. A big thank you to Bill, Gary, Pamela, Bernie, Pierre, who all played parts in the event being the success it was.
It is hoped once the weather improves, that the club will get more people to dust down their bikes and come out for a short spin and get back into enjoying cycling for fun and fitness. It will be done at a very relaxed pace, and the type of bike is not important, as long as the wheels turn and you’re willing to give it a go!
A night out is planned on Saturday 24th of February in Parkers restaurant, followed by copious amounts of alcohol in Kelly’s bar afterwards. Feel free to come and share a dram and a yarn!