UP to 1,000 cyclists will turn Louth into a sea of bikes next month when the Co-operation Ireland Maracycle challenge passes through the county.
The annual event will see cyclists from all parts of Ireland, North and South and many overseas visitors cycle from Dublin to Belfast.
Participants will leave Dublin early on Saturday, June 25 to take on the 110 mile ride to Belfast where they will meet up at the famous Europa Hotel for a half way night of celebration.
They will retrace their route back to Dublin early next morning. Louth is taking an active part in this year’s event.
Louth County Council will ensure that cyclists will have the opportunity to stock up with refreshments and food at Darby’s in Dunleer on Saturday.
The will also stop at the Sports Bowl Dundalk where the local community and the Civil Defence will help cyclists on the way North crossing the border at Carrickasticken between 10am and lunchtime.
Returning cyclists will pass through again on Sunday from 11am until 3pm and organised restpoints will be available at Sports Bowl Dundalk and Glen Emmets in Tullyallen with the official lunch stop at O’Connells GFC in Castlebellingham.
Participants are taking on this “considerable physical challenge” to support the peace-building work of Ireland’s leading reconciliation charity, Co-operation Ireland. Many other charities will also benefit.
This year Co-operation Ireland is asking local people to come out and support the cyclists as they pass on their 220 mile two-day cycle challenge.
If you are interested in participating in the Maracycle challenge, entries to are still being accepted at Co-operation Ireland. Download information from www.cooperationireland.org or telephone their offices in Dublin on 01-6610588 or Belfast on 048-90321462.