Name: Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle
Date: Saturday 4 May 2013
Type: Charity leisure cycle/sportive
Length: 3 cycle routes (51km, 111km, 175km)
Start: Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Tel: 086 8562423
Once again led by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the Mayo Pink Ribbon Charity
Cycle takes place on the Saturday of the May Bank Holiday weekend (4
May). This year there are 3 distances – 50k, 110k and 175k. That’s
something to suit everyone in the friendliest cycling event in the
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 r.
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
The Cycle Routes
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
www.mayopinkribbon.ie, 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.
See www.mayopinkribbon.ie or telephone Lourda McHugh on 086 8562423
for further details.