Wicklow 200 – People/Echo Wed 16th June

Were they still smiling eight hours later??
The Wicklow 200 is a non-competitive cycle ride that takes place every June. It covers 200 kilometres around the roads of beautiful County Wicklow and attracts over 1000 cyclists each year from many different countries. The shorter Wicklow Challenge takes place on the same day, and shares most of its route with the Wicklow 200. The event has been organised each year since it started in 1981 by the Irish Veterans Cyclists Association. The route is very challenging: it includes many climbs, big and small, with some up to a height of 500 metres. The total climb is over 2000 metres and it was this event that attracted ten Wexford Wheelers on Sunday last to rise early for the 7 am start in Greystones. The first major climb was over the Sally Gap and took the riders into the early morning cloud but all riders fear the climb of Sliabh Maan which comes 70 miles into the trip and has been known to force some riders to dismount and walk but all the Wheeler participants claim to have surmounted the obstacle without having to concede defeat! The rain which bedeviled the county footballers in Croke Park inevitably made it appearance but most of the riders were safely back at the finish before the worst of the weather. Congratulations to the club members who completed this taxing course which included father and son team of David and Luke Maguire, George Ryan, Bobby Newport, Patrick Stafford, Dave Allen, Brendan Ennis, John Gordon, Alan Donohue and Oliver Gargan