Blackstairs Cycling Challenge - in memory of Eoghan and Ruairí Chada - now in its fifth year

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Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett


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The Blackstairs Cycling Challenge in Ballinkillen is dedicated to Eoghan and Ruairí Chada - who were students in Ballinkillen School and members of the Juvenile GAA club - both of whom will "always be fondly remembered".

Now in its fifth year, it is a great day of cycling through beautiful Inistioge, Graignamanagh, Borris, Kiltealy, Bunclody and Mount Leinster in the Blackstairs Mountains.

This year's event takes place on Sunday, April 28 and all routes start and finish in Ballinkillen. 

All proceeds will be divided three ways:

Ballinkillen Primary School
Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling & Camogie Club
Jack & Jill Foundation/Down Syndrome Ireland

There are five routes to choose from, catering for all categories of cyclists: 140km, 105km, 80km, 50km and 12km.

All routes will be fully signposted and junctions marshalled, and there will be backup available for anyone requiring technical assistance, provided by Peter Thatcher of GP cycles, Ballon.

Tea and scones/brown bread will be served from 7:30am for all the early birds and there will be hot food for all cyclists at the finish line in Ballinkillen.

Borris Vocational School hosts the main food stop for each of the 140km, 105km, 80km and 50km routes, where there will be tea/coffee and sandwiches/cakes/scones.

There will be goodie bags for children who have been registered online for the 12km route.

Numbers are limited so register online by clicking on this link to avoid disappointment.