Take Your Partners…

…for the last dance.  Entries are now open for the Dying Light, the traditional (if doing something for the second time is enough to establish a tradition) season ender.  A relaxing spin through the flattest parts of north county Dublin, Meath and Cavan, or a sub-eight hour rampage to be first back for the hot port and mince pies, this is one to enjoy rather than endure.  More details on the web page – entries close Friday, October 21st.

Return of the Beast

The toughest 400 in the country is back – after several years in remission, the Brown Stuff 400 returns on July 30th with Dave Bayley at the helm.  Taking in (to quote Paul O’Donoghue) every hill in Leinster, this ride will be a test for the hardiest of mountain goats and should not be taken lightly by any cyclist.  More details on the route on the event page, but as the name indicates, you can just get your Ordinance Survey maps out and look for the brown stuff.

Entries to Dave by Friday, July 22nd – there will be no entry on the line for this event.  The ride starts at 6am from the Yellow House pub in Rathfarnham, D14.


Around Down 200

The first ever running of the Around Down 200 on Saturday July 2nd is fast approaching.  The date for receipt of entries has been extended until Monday 27th June. Entrants are now into double figures – last week I was panicking that no one was going to enter and now I’m getting nervous about how many will enter!  Went for a spin around the course yesterday (by car) for final check of the route (it’s fine).  Hoping for a good day weatherwise as the scenery is beautiful.  Have secured lunch (tea/coffee/sandwiches) for £5 a head (payable at sign in).  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Long-distance cycling in Ireland