Maracycle, 28 & 29 June 2014 - 30 Years of Biking Across Borders

Maracycle Entry Forms available and Online Registration Now Open How to Enter

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. The weekend of 28/29 June 2014 provides the ideal opportunity to join 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.

A rural route of 108 miles between Belfast and Dublin avoids heavy traffic and town centres for one of Ireland’s friendliest and best organised cycling challenges.

Saturday Start and Sunday Finish at Queen's Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast. Start time on Saturday from 07.30-08.00.

Saturday Finish and Sunday Start at Dublin City University. Start time on Sunday from 08.00-08.30.

Follow a route 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.

Look out for some special Promos that will be appearing shortly such as Early Bird Discount or a Special Belfast Welcome Package for those cyclists travelling to Belfast to take part in the ride, which include transport and accommodation.

Cycle Clubs may be interested in the group discount or twinning with a club on the other side of the border, and the Company Challenge gives cyclists an opportunity to get together with some friends and colleagues from the same company, making Maracycle a great team building exercise and a fun weekend.

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 a bit of entertainment thrown in.

Entry forms and online registration will be available shortly. Posters for display will also be available.

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.