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4 Towers update

Ronnie has updated the route info for the 4 towers to advise on terrain.

Image result for carbon road bike offroad wrong bike“The route into Robertstown  follows part of the BARROW WAY towpath via the GRIFFIN AQUEDUCT .When you leave Robertstown about 800m due east  there is another track heading over to Staplestown which is a bit rough in sections.

Not one for the carbon rims or the lightly spooked wheels.

This is a summer spin so  you wont need mudguards”

N2S – head north as far as you can go then turn around.

Already interest in this ride is hotting up with 1/2 dozen victims entrants so get in quick as I’ve a limit of 100.P5090027 (1)

As I said back in 2015

“North to the South – another bright idea of mine.  About the toughest 400km I’ve ever done.”

But the scenery is just breathtaking and ideally timetabled 2 weeks before the first 600 of the year and a month before the Celtic Knot.

It’s a (tiny) bit easier now as I changed the direction last year for ferry reasons so most of the climbing is over by 250km – just windy hill before Coleraine which has both wind and hill.

Full details –

Fleche 2017


IMG_14582017 Derry Finish


2017 Derry Finish

2017 was Ireland’s eighth year taking part in The Easter Fleche and our first finish in Ulster. This year saw 2 Irish teams take part, joining fellow cyclists the world over by riding a minimum of 360k over a 24hr period. Both teams started in Dublin and finished in Derry. A third team consisting of Bernard Flynn, Carmel Claffey, Andrew Fay and Dermot Hogan rode an unofficial Fleche from Mullingar westaward and back to Mullingar.

Team A, 3 Men and a Lady, consisted of Niall Diamond, Andreas Voigt, Helen Kerrane ( St Tiernans) and Aidan Creaner.

Team B, Last Ditch Attempt, consisted of Conor Daly, Danny Moriarty (Orwell Wheelers) and Seamus O’Dowd

Congratulations to all the participants and a special mention to Niall and Andreas who have completed every Fleche since its inception in 2010. Aidan is also notable for completing his seventh Fleche. A special word of appreciation to Eoghan Barry, now U.S. based, who had the foresight and energy to get the Fleche up and running as part of the cycling calendar.


Inaugural Fleche pulls into Aughrim, Co Wicklow for a welcome cup of coffee. Mark Tyrrell, Eoghan Barry and Niall Diamond. ( Andreas absent).


Anywhere, anytime, any Fleche