Entries open for Dromara Cycling Club’s charity event

Dromara CC riders at the Annaclone GP.
Dromara CC riders at the Annaclone GP.

Online entries have just opened for Dromara Cycling Club’s first leisure event of the year, the Dromara Coastal, which they have been running now for over 10 years.

This popular, non-competitive road-cycling event will take place on Sunday May 10 and will take participants along the stunning South Down coastline including the Strangford Lough shoreline.

On the day there will be two routes available for participants, 60 miles and 80 miles, which both start in Dromara and continue through Ardglass and onto the shores of Strangford Lough.

Given the nature of the coast, the majority of both routes follow flat roads meaning that the event is suitable for a wide range of abilities and fitness levels.

Not only will this event provide participants with an opportunity to cycle through some spectacular landscapes with like-minded people but those that take part will also be helping to raise money for charity.

A minimum of £5 from each entry fee will go to the club’s nominated charity for the event.

The main event organiser, Dromara CC Secretary, Martin Grimley, believes that it’s not just the scenery that attracts most people to the event.

He commented, “Dromara Cycling Club are very well known for being a friendly and welcoming club and feedback from past participants suggest that what sets this event apart from other leisure rides is the friendly, laid back atmosphere on the day.

“This is especially evident when you see all the cyclists enjoying the craic with each other at the tea stop, which is set against the beautiful backdrop of Strangford Lough.”

The event is being sponsored by Chain Reaction Cycles Flagship Store in Belfast, and a team of mechanics from the store will be on hand to offer mechanical support to all riders.

Entries are limited to 250 riders, so to see how you can secure your place please visit www.dromaracc.co.uk/the-coastal where you can also find information on the two routes available, detailed route descriptions, entry prices and maps.

Further on into the cycling season, Dromara Cycling Club hold another charity event which takes in some of the well-known hills in the Co. Down area and is a must do event for any cyclist looking for a bit of a challenge. Details of the ‘Dromara Hilly’ will be available on the club website soon and it will take place on Sunday August 9 2015.

Meanwhile, the leisure group “the back bone of the club” took part in the Camlough CC Spring Sixty Sportive.

It was the first time out this season for some of the club’s members and they regarded it as a good training opportunity and a way of inviting other clubs to their up coming Coastal event on 10 May.