Co-operation Ireland Maracycle

On 1 July 1984, 1,200 cyclists left City Hall Belfast and the Mansion House Dublin simultaneously to spend two days riding between the two cities. They did so to show their support for an end to violence and a peaceful future for all our people. Co-operation Ireland Maracycle was born. 65,000 participants can now claim to have cycled between Dublin and Belfast in support of Ireland’s leading peace building charity. Over the weekend of 28/29 June 2014 over 700 cyclists joined together with people from throughout the island to celebrate 30 years of biking across borders in support of the peace building programmes of Co-operation Ireland. Go to www.facebook.com/maracycle for a selection of photographs taken throughout the weekend.

Maracycle follows a rural route of 108 miles between Belfast and Dublin through the counties of Antrim, Down, Louth, Meath and Fingal with a number of rest stops on the way where you can stop off and refuel. Toilet facilities are available at rest stops. Tea/coffee and sandwiches provided at lunch stops. A full network of services are provided on route including, ChampionChip Timing, Medical Support from Proparamedics, Repair Vehicles, approx 20 experienced Motorbike Marshals, Lead Vehicle and Sweeper Vehicle.

Shorter distances from Belfast to Newry, Newry to Dublin, Dublin to Newry or Newry to Belfast or a one way only Belfast to Dublin or Dublin to Belfast are available options.

The start and finish site in Belfast is at the Queen’s University sporting facility on the Upper Malone Road and for those wanting to stay overnight in Belfast before or after the event some great rates are available at Jury’s Inn located in the centre of the city.

The highlight of the weekend will see cyclists from most counties in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland join together at Dublin City University on the Saturday night for a celebration of their achievements. The accommodation package at DCU includes dinner and breakfast with entertainment in The Hub Bar.

For further details contact Belfast Office: +44 (0) 28 90891017/1004 Dublin Office +353 (0) 1 8197692 Cork Office +353 (21) 496 2749 Email events@cooperationireland.org.

Stories of interest for cyclists will be updated regularly on the Maracycle Facebook Page www.facebook.com/maracycle.