Record number take part in Wicklow 200
The 33rd Wicklow 200 cycle got under way last Sunday morning from Shoreline in Greystones in less than ideal record conditions.
This annual event has been organised each year since it started in 1982 by the Irish Veteran Cyclists Association and this year has been an enormous success.
The route covers 200km through the Wicklow Mountains and tackles most of the famous climbs including the Wicklow Gap, Slieve Mann and Glenmalure. Each rider given a maximum of 14 hours to complete the 200kms. There's also a shorter 100km route running at the same time.
The route took cyclists northwards from Starting in Greystones and heading to Kilmacanogue, Roundwood, Laragh, the Wicklow Gap, Hollywood, Baltinglass, Aghavannagh, Slieve Mann, Drumgoff, Glenmalure, Rathdrum, south to the Meeting of the Waters and on to Avoca, Redcross, Ballinderrig, then Kilmacurra, Ashford on to the finish in Greystones.
Deputy Andrew Doyle said that the Wicklow 200 or the shorter 100 is one of the best cycling challenges in Ireland. 'It's a privilege to have entrants from all over Ireland see at first hand the Garden of Ireland,' he said. This very popular event covers some of the most breathtaking scenic roads in the whole of Ireland. Even with the downpours and inclement weather a record 3000 cyclists took part, I would like pay tribute to all who participated in the event and the organisers who arranged such a splendid and memorable occasion.'