On Saturday last, Dundalk’s Cuchulainn Cycling Club, under the guidance of Barry Rogers, Francis Dollard and their committee, organised a cycle in aid of the cancer supporting charity On Your Bike. The cycle was christened the Lap of Louth and took in all the highlights of the Wee County.
Over 100 local cyclists gathered at 8:30am on Saturday morning and started their journey by heading north taking in Carlingford, Omeath and the infamous Davy’s Climb up to the Long Woman’s Grave.
The riders then headed out through Faughart and onto Bridge-a-Chrin, where club members Ray Fedigan and Karl Dolan hosted all 100 riders in their bike shop, The Bike Station.
After refuelling on coffee and freshly made scones, the riders thanked their gracious hosts and headed for Hackballscross. The 170km route finished up through Ardee, Collon, Drogheda and finally the scenic route home along the coast.
Fresh from her World Championship medal winning ride in the USA, Eve McCrystal was back in the Irish colours, racing as part of the Irish team in the five-day international race, Rás na mBan. Eve went into the race as one of the favourites, despite strong international teams from America and Europe. However bad luck was to befall Eve when she endured a nightmare day on stage three. A puncture, crash and another mechanical saw her lose time. A strong ride in the individual time trial and the remaining stages did see her make up some time.
With the racing all done for the year the next event on the calendar for the club is definitely a leisure event, when on Saturday, September 27 the riders will be riding to the outskirts of Belfast for their annual overnight trip. Details can be found on www.dundalkcycling.com.