Hundreds of cyclists get set to descend on the Mournes for challenging race
Northern Ireland’s iconic Mourne Mountains will provide the dramatic backdrop for hundreds of cyclists as they prepare to take on the Etape Mourne Cycling Sportif this month.
Supported by the world’s largest online bike store, Chain Reaction Cycles, and powered by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, the ‘Etape Mourne’ cycling sportive will get into gear on Sunday 11th August at Annalong Community Centre.
With two routes to choose from on the day, both offering stunning views of the mountains, the sportif will provide a great challenge for riders of all abilities. Route one will see cyclists cover 65.5-kilometres and climb 1190 metres, whilst route two offers cyclists a 79.5-kilometre route and an impressive climb of 1364 metres.
Both routes start and finish in the beautiful coastal village of Annalong and wind their way through the stunning Mourne Mountains, providing riders with amazing views and backdrops in this specially created event which returns to the Newry, Mourne and Down area by popular demand.
Riders can also avail of a professionally mapped event, well stocked feed stations courtesy of Lidl Northern Ireland and mechanical support on the day, ensuring each and every rider is supported and catered for. All riders will receive a bespoke finishers medal upon completion of their route. The Etape Mourne Cycling Sportif will also donate a percentage of each entry to the Chairperson’s chosen charities.