Cyclists from Clare are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Co-operation Ireland Maracycle, which is returning after an absence of 12 years. If you are a keen cyclist or want to take up a challenge, then this event could be suitable for you. This event will take place over the weekend of June 26-27 and the return route between Belfast and Dublin will cover just over 200 miles.
Upwards of a thousand cyclists are expected to take to the roads for this year’s Maracycle. It has the backing of cycling and sporting bodies throughout the island of Ireland but it is not just an event for club cyclists. According to Peter Sheridan, chief executive of Co-operation Ireland, “The route is challenging but achievable and it has been chosen with the safety of cyclists at the fore. There will be a number of other, shorter options available so it can be a real family event.”
Terry O’Neill, fundraising director of Co-operation Ireland, explained the Maracycle route. “We will start in Belfast and will then head towards Lisburn and on towards Moira, Banbridge, Camlough and on to Dundalk. From there, the route will continue on to Castlebellingham, Dunleer, Drogheda, Naul and finish at Dublin City University on the northside of Dublin. The following day, the route will be reversed.”
By partaking in the challenge, cyclists raise money for Co-operation Ireland, whose aim is to promote improved relations between the main communities in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland. Hundreds of other charities will also benefit through the efforts of the participants.