On Sunday 24th September 2017, up to 6,000 riders will set out from Smithfield in Dublin to take part in the third Great Dublin Bike Ride. The event offers two unique scenic routes; a 60km route for those looking for a slightly less strenuous day in the saddle and a challenging 100km route for experienced riders.
The Great Dublin Bike Ride will be a flagship event in Ireland for the European Week of Sport (23-30 September) and welcomes cyclists of all abilities to take part.
The 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 in Dublin.
Last year’s event sold out with 5,000 novice and experienced riders taking part, including over 26 nationalities from around the world. Thirty two counties in Ireland were represented on the day with participants ranging 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.
Speaking at the launch last month, triple national road race champion and regular member of the Irish National Track Team, Lydia Boylan, said “It’s great to have such a big event like Great Dublin Bike Ride in Dublin, it’s my home town and where I fell in love with cycling. It is an amazing sport, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and the best part is you can be as leisurely or competitive as you like. Although racing is my passion the part that keeps all of us most interested is the people we meet on the road.”