On Saturday, 19th May, our second Glide
cycle will cover a route from Bray to Wexford town following mainly coastal roads on quiet country roads which will allow you experience the unique beauty of Ireland's eastcoast seaboard. Leaving from Bray town in the early hours of the morning, this one day cycling challenge offers three distances, 145km, 120km and 65km, to cater for cyclists of varied levels with a final destination for all of Wexford Town. The event raises funds for men's cancer services at Beaumont Hospital.
The cycle is inspired and led by former patient, Fran McDermott, who was treated in Beaumont Hospital for testicular cancer when he was in his early twenties and again for thyroid cancer in his thirties. Fran focused his recovery from both cancers on getting fit and staying active and is a keen cyclist. Group 1 - Bray to Wexford, 120km
Departing Bray at 8.00am, cyclists will gather into pre-determined groups (based on level of experience) before heading down to the coast at Greystones. From here we will take the scenic coastal route passing through Wicklow Town and its historic Gaol, Brittas bay and Arklow. Veering slightly away from the coast the road loops its way round Tara Hill, before we get back to the sea at Courtown. It is then a straightforward cycle through the attractive village of Blackwater and close to the beach at Curracloe (used as the Normandy landing beach in the film saving Private Ryan).
As we approach Wexford town, our finish is just across the bridge, a really attractive way to enter the town.
Group 2 - Bray to Wexford, 145km
The fit and ambitious cyclists will head back north initially to ride up the beautiful Glencree Valley joining the Military Road in the Wicklow Mountains National Park to traverse the Sally Gap before rejoining the main route near Brittas Bay (145km/1670m)
Group 3 - Arklow to Wexford, 65Km
Those with more limited cycling experience and fitness can begin their challenge in Arklow town joining the other groups for the ride along the Co Wexford coast line into Wexford Town. (65km/350m)
When all groups are in, we will have a well earned celebratory meal where stories of the day's endeavours can be exchanged before a bus transfer back to the two starting points at Arklow and Bray. Meanwhile your bike will be carefully packed for transport in our vans back to the your starting point.
Regular stops will be organised after each 25-30km for food and water and the cyclists will break for lunch (which will be supplied)
Cost of Taking part:
€250 - €50 registration and €200 in sponsorship:
- Cycling guides at the ratio of 1 guide per 10 cyclists
- Snacks along the route
- Back up vans with drivers, mechanical support, luggage transfers.
- Return transfer to Bray or Arklow by private coach
- Return of bikes to Bray or Arklow
- 1 x dinner
- 1 x Lunch
We can supply you with all the advice, materials and any other assistance you may require to make the fundraising target. To talk to us about the challenge call 01 - 8092161 or email firstname.lastname@example.org