Cy­clists on the course from all over the world

Bray People - - PICTURES -

THE Wick­low 200 Cy­cle event re­turned to the Gar­den County re­cently for its 34th edition. This year 3,000 rid­ers from around the world set out from Shore­line Leisure cen­tre in Grey­stones in harsh con­di­tions to take on the gru­elling 200km ride with oth­ers opt­ing to take on the shorter 100km course.

The Wick­low 200 is one of Ire­land’s premier leisure cy­cling events, and the event has been or­gan­ised each year since it started in 1982 by the Ir­ish Vet­eran Cy­clists As­so­ci­a­tion (I.V.C.A.), who are cel­e­brat­ing their 50th year an­niver­sary. The Wick­low 200km and 100km cy­cles are ma­jor fundrais­ing events for cy­cling in Ire­land, as well as for the many char­i­ties that the cy­clists take part to raise funds for. With a max­i­mum of 13 hours to com­plete the course, cy­clists in the 200km event were chal­lenged to take on some of the tough­est climbs in the coun­try in­clud­ing the Wick­low Gap, Agha­van­nagh, Slieve Mann and Glen­malure, All lev­els of cy­clists took part from novice to elite, in­clud­ing some of the Ir­ish par­a­lympic team pre­par­ing for Rio. One par­tic­i­pant even took on the full 200km chal­lenge rid­ing a Dublin City bike. The 200 vol­un­teers from the IVCA who were mar­shalling the event were a huge help and sup­port to the rid­ers as they made their way around the course, while oth­ers greeted the rid­ers at the food and wa­ter sta­tions. Although weather con­di­tions were poor at the start of the cy­cle the rid­ers were treated to mag­nif­i­cent scenery as the sun be­gan to burst through the clouds. Spe­cial men­tion should be given to the Red Cross who were on hand dur­ing the day for all med­i­cal con­di­tions while the guys from cy­cle su­per­store were kept busy help­ing rid­ers who suf­fered from me­chan­i­cal break­downs. ‘I think every­one on the day agreed that all those who rode the event de­served their cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion and their cus­tomised medal,’ said a spokesman.

Gareth Keogh from Bray Wheel­ers.

(Back) SueMaster­son, AaronMaster­son, He­lena Wy­man, Tay­lorWy­man, (front) An­nMaster­son, El­lenO’DeaandMaken­zie andMitchel­lWy­man.

Lisa Cairns and Ais­ling Hub­bard from Wick­low Lo­cal Sports Part­ner­ship.

Patrick Murtagh on the home stretch.

An­thony Gue­varra.

Fer­gal O’Do­herty.

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