The Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle on Bank Holiday, Saturday 4th May, has three different routes in three different distances – 50k, 110k and 175k. That’s something to suit everyone in the friendliest cycling event in the West, which will once again be led by its patron, Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD.
Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle is now in its fourth year and has become a well-established event on the national cycling calendar.
The number of cyclists has grown steadily to around 500 in 2012 and the organisers confidently expect that number to increase significantly this year. All routes start and finish in Castlebar town centre and are well marshalled and organised so everyone can just relax and enjoy themselves.
The event is a leisure cycle, not a race, so there is no pressure on participants, just the pleasure of taking part and the sheer joy of finishing.
Throughout the day cyclists are well supported with water/ fruit stops and lunch and to crown it all there is a banquet that evening where participants and new friends can swap stories of the day.
There is no entry fee but as the cycle is a fundraising event for breast cancer research all entrants are asked to raise a minimum of €100 for this very worthy cause.
50km: Castlebar – Glenisland – Beltra – Glenhest – Newport – Castlebar
110km: Castlebar – Newport – Mulranny – Achill Sound – Corraun – Mulranny – Newport – Castlebar
175km: Castlebar – Newport – Mulranny – Ballycroy – Bangor Erris – Barnatra – Glenamoy (approx. half way mark) – Belderg – Ballycastle – Moygownagh – Crossmolina –
Lahardaune – Pontoon – Castlebar
Cycling novices will find a wealth of information on the website, including training plans as well as useful hints and tips. It’s a great starting point for anyone who would like to do a charity cycle but isn’t quite sure where or how to start.
Don’t forget 50k is only 31 miles in ‘old money’ so if you can cycle the Greenway you can do the Pink Ribbon Cycle too!
Money raised through Mayo Pink Ribbon goes to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) in Galway University. The institute has made significant advances in identifying biological markers involved in the detection, development and spread of breast cancer.
It is headed by Prof. Michael Kerin who also heads up the Breast Cancer Centre of Excellence Team at the University Hospital Galway.
Thanks to all our volunteers and helpers who make this event so successful every single year.
Our featured image above shows Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Patron of Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle), Eamonn Coughlan (Senator and Olympic athlete) and Mayo Rose Dervla Kenny after the 2012 Pink Ribbon Cycle. Pictures Alison Laredo