2015 Maracycle Weekend
This weekend (27 & 28 June) sees the annual Co-operation Ireland Maracycle between Belfast and Dublin take place.
Hundreds of cyclists will be making their way southwards from Belfast to Dublin on Saturday and then making the return journey the following day.
The 218-mile Maracycle event is a rite of passage for many cyclists in Ireland and is regarded by many as a unique physical and mental challenge. This year the challengers range in age from 22 to 78 years.
Terry O’Neill, Director of Fundraising at Co-operation Ireland said “Despite the many cycling events taking place over the summer months, we are delighted so many people have taken on the Maracycle challenge and we look forward to a great event this weekend.
“We are also thrilled that so many of the participants use the event to fundraise for Co-operation Ireland and the money raised goes to our Youth Leadership and peace-building programmes. In addition, many other charities benefit as many of the participants split they money they raise with another charity of their choice.”
Drivers are also asked to be vigilant on the roads.
Terry explained “ We have undertaken everything possible to ensure the safety of the cyclists, and we have advised them all on the code of conduct on the roads. However we also ask that vehicle drivers also respect cyclists right to use the roads.”
If anyone would like to participate in the 2015 Maracycle, they can do so on the day, and a late registration desk will be open at Queens Sport Upper Malone on Saturday morning at 6.30am.