Letters: Cycle this route for good cause
Ireland's leading peace building charity, Co-operation Ireland, will fling open its doors this year to companies, sporting clubs and other charities in the Co. Louth area to join in its flagship cross-border biking challenge.
It challenges them to use its famous Belfast to Dublin cycle sportif, Maracycle, to raise funds for their own causes as well as supporting its own hugely important reconciliation programmes for young people.
This year's route faces almost 30 miles in Co. Louth from Carrickasticken on the Armagh-Louth border through Dundalk, along the old R132 through Castlebellingham, which hosts the lunch break on day one, Dunleer, and down Tullyesker crossing into Meath at the Battle of the Boyne site.
This year's Maracycle offers one- and two-day options of cycling as little as 40 miles or as much as 108 miles between Ireland's two capital cities. The event avoids busy main roads as far as is possible, starting in Belfast on Saturday, June 29, and after a great night in Dublin, participants have the option of finishing off or riding back North to complete the event in Belfast on Sunday, June 30. All necessary back-up will be available to accommodate completion of shorter distances.
The Maracycle event, which is being supported by the Belfast Telegraph, Travelwise, DHL, Halfords, Belfast City Council and other local authorities on route, was launched this week in Belfast and at the Dublin Bike Show, on line registration is now available at cooperationireland.org/supportus/2013/maracycle/.
Co-operation Ireland launched the event in 1984 to address the terrible sectarian violence and political turmoil of that time and to allow the ordinary person on the street an opportunity to show their support for peace. Thirty years later and the event remains a must-do challenge for the cycling public. Co-operation Ireland hopes to attract over 1,000 people to take on this year's challenge, hopefully raising tens of thousands for many worthy causes.
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The Maracycle team