Wednesday 7 December 2016

Great Dublin Bike Ride reaching capacity

Around 5,000 people expected to line Dublin streets this Saturday

Published 07/09/2016 | 14:43

Spaces are filling up for this year's cycle
Spaces are filling up for this year's cycle

If you'd like to be one of the 5,000 people set to take part in this year's Great Dublin Bike Ride, then you'd better hurry, as it's about to sell out.

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The event, now in its second year, will set out from Smithfield at 8am this Sunday.

The 100km race begins at 8am while those taking part in the 60km event will push off at 8.15am.

Cyclist of all abilities will take in some iconic Dublin landmarks, with the opportunity of two scenic routes.

So far, 40% of participants have registered for the more leisurely 60km route, which passes through Baldoyle, Portmarnock, Malahide and Swords.

The remaining cyclists will take part in the slightly more strenuous 100km cycle that wraps around Ballyboughal, Naul, and Garristown.

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick ODonovan, TD announcing the Great Dublin Bike Ride will return, bigger and better than before. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick ODonovan, TD announcing the Great Dublin Bike Ride will return, bigger and better than before. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

People of all ages and abilities were encouraged to take part by Dublin's Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan.

"As a keen cyclist, I am really looking forward to taking part in this fun event. This event provides a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to get active and to showcase Dublin as a cycle friendly city," she said.

To register for the event, visit its website here.

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