Return of the Great Dublin Bike Ride

Following a sold out event last year, the Great Dublin Bike Ride returns to the Capital as part of European Sport Week on Sunday, September 24th.

The event was launched in Dublin yesterday by  Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál Mac Donncha, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Catherine Byrne.

The Great Dublin Bike Ride is an initiative from Sport Ireland who work in conjunction with Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland, Fingal County Council, Cycling Ireland, Meath County Council and An Garda Síochána to create the only cycling event of its kind to happen on the City streets.

This year the capacity has been raised 20 per cent so that up to 6,000 will be able to participate and Sport for Business will be among them.

The event is an important one as part of Dublin City Council’s Sport and Wellbeing Partnership.  It offers a 60km route for those looking for a slightly less strenuous day in the saddle and a challenging 100km route for experienced riders.

Last year’s event sold out with 5,000 novice and experienced riders taking part, including over 26 nationalities from around the world and from all 32 counties in Ireland. Participants ranged in age from 17-73 years old.

All entrants will receive a sporting Great Dublin Bike Ride tech top, medal and goodie bag and registration is now open at www.greatdublinbikeride.ie.

“I am delighted to welcome the Great Dublin Bike Ride to the streets Dublin for a third year and congratulate Dublin City Council on its continued involvement and support with this event,” said Mícheál Mac Donncha.

“The number of people cycling in Dublin city continues to grow year on year and this event is a great opportunity to showcase what Dublin can offer as a cycle friendly city. I encourage cyclists to take part in this great event and enjoy the opportunity to #CycleYourCity through the streets of Dublin.”

“Is deas an deis seo chun rothaíocht a spreagadh sa chathair ar son sláinte an phobail agus córas iompair na cathrach.”

“The Great Dublin Bike Ride is a fantastic opportunity for people to participate in a unique event based on physical activity and community engagement,” added Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

“Whether you are a complete novice, experienced or commuter cyclist, it is never too late to take on a new challenge, like the Great Dublin Bike Ride,” according to his Government colleague Catherin Byrne. Healthy Ireland are delighted to be part of such an exciting and rewarding event, not just to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling in general but to demonstrate to novice and commuter cyclists alike just how accessible cycling can be.”

“Healthy Ireland are delighted to be part of such an exciting and rewarding event, not just to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling in general but to demonstrate to novice and commuter cyclists alike just how accessible cycling can be.”

To encourage the promotion of cycling safely through the city, event partners Sport Ireland, Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland, Cycling Ireland and Fingal County Council are hosting a Great Dublin Bike Ride training day on Sunday 27th of August in the Rowing Centre in Islandbridge.

The training day will start with a talk on preparing for Great Dublin Bike Ride by Aidan Ryan of Sorrento CC. This will be followed by a road spin, which will be broken down into levels of abilities. The training day will be hosted in conjunction with Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership and is limited to 100 participants. The event is free and caters for all cycling levels taking part in this year’s Great Dublin Bike Ride. Details to register for the day will be announced on Monday 31st of July.

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