Cyclists on the course from all over the world
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.