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What's on, when, where...

Whether it's family fun or a lifetime challenge

Conor O'Hagan

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:30

Bressie (in black) at the start of An Post Cycle Tour 100K at IT Sligo last year
Bressie (in black) at the start of An Post Cycle Tour 100K at IT Sligo last year

Cycling is an ever-increasing source of funding for Irish charities, as each year thousands of us combine our quest for a challenge with the urge to help others. Here's a selection from the hundreds of local and national events hitting the roads this year.

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April 11

Jagged Edge Tour for Breakthrough Cancer Research

A brand new cycling sportive out of Crosshaven Co. Cork, set up and organised by Breakthrough Cancer Research supported by Crosshaven Community Association.

ROUTE 1 (Pain): A 130km route hugging the Cork Coast with plenty of climbing, out as far as Timoleague and back via Bandon. Start time: 10.00am from Crosshaven village.

ROUTE 2 (Pleasure): A 65km route in the same general direction but cutting out "most" of the climbing. Mostly gently rolling terrain. Start time: 11.00am from Crosshaven village.

Route 3 (Family Fun Cycle): There will be a family cycle from Crosshaven to Carrigaline and back (12km). This run will be fully supervised and is suitable for all ages. All children MUST be accompanied by an adult. Start time: 11.30am from Crosshaven village.

April 12

Scenic Cycle Challenge for Orbis Ireland

Orbis Ireland is teaming up with the Kerry Crusaders Cycling Club to take on The Scenic Cycle Challenge. Participants can choose either a 90km or 60km route that begins and ends in Listowel.

90km Route: Listowel, Ballybunion, Asdee, Ballylongford, Tarbert, Glin, Abbeyfeale, Duagh, Listowel

60km Route: Listowel, Ballybunion, Asdee, Ballylongford, Tarbert, Listowel

April 25

Spring Spin Cycle for North Westmeath Hospice

A 260km charity cycle. The weekend events consist of a two-day cycle challenge from Mullingar to Sligo and back and a shorter family cycle.

Challenge the Greenway for Cystic Fibrosis

The challenge will be to cycle the 26 mile / 42km world famous Great Western Greenway - a picturesque off-road trail which traverses Ireland's idyllic Atlantic coast.

April 27

Cycle Against Suicide

The 1,400km, 14-day cycle will start in Belfast on Monday, April 27 2015 and finish in Dublin on Sunday, May 10. Each day, the Cycle Against Suicide will cover an average of 100km and cyclists can participate in as many or as few legs of the Cycle as they wish.

May 2

Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle 2015 for Breast Cancer Research (NBCRI)

 National Breast Cancer Research Institute

The Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle on Bank Holiday, Saturday May 2, has three different routes in three different distances - 50k, 110k and 175k.

Cycle4haiti 2015 for Soul of Haiti Foundation

Cycle4haiti 2015 will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Starts at the GPO, O'Connell Street, Dublin, on Saturday morning. The group cycles together to Athlone on Saturday, stopping every 25km. The group cycles to Galway on Sunday (with regular stops), finishing the weekend with celebrations and more food and drink.

May 9

RESPECT Greenway Cycle 2015

This cycle takes place from Achill to Westport on Saturday May 9 2015. The cycle is 42km long, and stretches from Achill to Westport. All participants are asked to base themselves in Westport as transport to the starting point has been arranged from here.

Kinsale Lions Cycle

The Kinsale Cycle Challenge this year will have two optional routes. Super Heroes: Kinsale Community School, via the Old Head, Courtmacsherry, the Seven Heads to Clonakilty GAA for lunch and return via Ballinspittle - 100km. Heroes: Kinsale Community School, Ballinspittle, Timoleague to Clonakilty GAA for lunch and return - 70 km.

May 10

Allsop 100 Cycle Challenge in aid of Childline

100 cyclists, 100km, raising €100,000. All cyclists who register must commit to raising €1,000 from your company, work colleagues, family and friends.

May 24

RESPECT Dublin to Navan Cycle 2015

The RESPECT Dublin to Navan Cycle takes place this year on Sunday May 24 2015. This 40km cycle is a good route for amateur cyclists. Starts at 9.30am at the gates of the Phoenix Park.

June 6

The Console East West Cycle 2015

For CONSOLE Suicide Prevention

From Celbridge, Co. Kildare to Galway - approx 200km. Limited to 270 cyclists and open to participants at all levels of fitness and expertise.

June 7

Tour de Lough Corrib Cycle for Croí

Cyclists will have a choice of a 45km or a 120km route through the picturesque setting of Connemara. Entry is free but we ask people to raise funds to support the fight against heart disease & stroke.

Wicklow 200

The Wicklow 200 is a non-competitive cycle ride that takes place on one day every June. It covers 200km around the roads of beautiful County Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland) and attracts over 2000 cyclists from many different countries. The shorter Wicklow Challenge takes place on the same day, and shares most of its route with the Wicklow 200.

June 8

Mizen to Malin for Fighting Blindness

This is the classic Irish Challenge cycling from the southernmost point to the northernmost point in the land. The distance between these two extremes is almost exactly 400 miles (640km).

Day 1: Transfer to West Cork. Mizen to Bantry 40kms. Day 2: Bantry to Mallow 100kms. Day 3: Mallow to Nenagh 115kms. Day 4: Nenagh to Carrick-on-Shannon 150kms. Day 5: Carrick to Donegal Town 110kms. Day 6: Donegal Town to Malin Head / Derry 125kms. Transfer from Derry City to Dublin.

June 21

Genoa to Rome Cycle Challenge for the Irish Hospice Foundation

Join Paul Kimmage for the 10th cycle challenge that The Irish Hospice Foundation has organised since 2009. Our amazing participants have helped us raise over €1.3 million for the Organisation's Programmes.

June 25

London to Paris Cycle 2015

The LONDON-PARIS is known as the "professional event for amateurs". It's a tough, 3-stage endurance road event with full support and rolling road closures. Entries are restricted to 400 riders in seeded speed groups. .

July 4

Ring of Kerry Cycle

The event, now in its 31st year, is the biggest one-day charity fundraising event in Munster, completing 112 miles of the spectacular Ring of Kerry.

An Post Cycle Series 2015

The An Post Cycle Series, supported by An Post and the Irish Sports Council, encourages communities around the country to get on their bikes. It has been running since 2009 and over 73,300 people have taken part to date.

With routes catering for everyone from the serious amateur to the enthusiastic beginner, the Series is a great way for family, friends and work colleagues to spend a day of fun together, while the serious rider can follow a more challenging route.

Family routes will be approximately 10km while short, medium and long distance routes will be approximately 60km, 100km and 160km.

The An Post Series has one event around the country each month between May and September.


An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo

Saturday, May 2 & Sunday, May 3

This year's event will be part of the 'YEATS 2015' celebrations and get on your bike on Sunday May 3, in scenic Sligo, Yeats' spiritual home, and enjoy the scenery that inspired much of his work.

60km: Lough Gill Circuit.

100km: Innisfree Tour.

160km: Ox Mountain Challenge.


An Post Tour De Burren, Clare

Saturday, June 20

This is the 12th year of the An Post Tour de Burren, with 2,000 participants taking to their bikes last year, it was voted the Cycling Ireland Best Leisure Event in 2014.

Family Loop: 10km.

Burren Circuit 52km.

Heart of the Burren 96km.

Burnin Burren 160km.


An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour

Saturday, July 25 & Sunday, July 26

Get out on your bike and prepare for the tour of all tours in Meath. Whether you are a recreational cyclist or a would-be Tour de France competitor, this is the event for you.

Family Spin 11km.

Tara Loop 50km.

Royal Loop 100km.

Royal Challenge 160km.


The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford

Saturday, August 22 & Sunday, August 23

The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford came about because of the desire of the people of Waterford to pay tribute to the great Sean Kelly in a manner befitting his legendary cycling status, and because of Sean Kelly's willingness to lend his name to an event which would benefit his own area and his own people.

50km Kelly Cruise - 1500 participants.

100km Kelly Heritage Route - 1900 participants.

160km Kelly Comeragh Challenge - 1600 participants.


The An Post Rebel Tour of Cork

Saturday, September 12

On the longer routes, participants will be treated to some stunning sea views whilst also sampling the picturesque countryside that the Rebel County has to offer.

10km Rebel Pedal.

85km Rebel Rider.

160km Rebel Challenge.

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