Cycling Sportives

Cycling sportives are typically the cousin of a runner's marathon - they are long distance, mass participation road cycling events and are becoming very popular all over Ireland and in Great Britain. They are not races, they simply allow cyclists to challenge themselves against the distance and the clock. Sportives are open to all levels of cyclist but ensure you choose an event or distance appropriate to your fitness and experience as some are not for the faint hearted! Below are a list of the sportives in Northern Ireland to choose from:


    Date Saturday, 01 Jul 2017
    Length100km & 180km
    Start PointLarne Leisure Centre & Titanic Quarter

    Make A Difference (MAD) Worldwide are holding their eighth annual MAD Cycle Charity Sportive on Saturday 1 July.

    Registration will open soon, and confirmation of the new routes will also be announced shortly!

    For more information on this and to keep up to date with plans, visit

  • Tour of Down

    Date Saturday, 24 Feb 2018
    Length43 miles / 65 miles
    Start PointKatesbridge

    Route “A” 65 mile departing at 9.30am from Katesbridge – Castlewellan – Newcastle – Annalong – Ballymartin – Kilkeel – Rostrevor up the Newton road climb to Hilltown – Castlewellan and finishing at Katesbridge.
    Weather permitting turns out bad will turn at kilkeel back to Katesbridge.

    Route “B” 43 mile departing at 9.35am from Katesbridge – Castlewellan – Newcastle – Bryansford - Hilltown – Castlewellan and finishing at Katesbridge.

    Weather permitting turns out bad will turn at Newcastle back to Katesbridge.
    Sign on from 8.30am at Katesbridge hall – changing facilities, toilets and car parking available. Parking also available opposite side of Katesbridge road in the picnic area
    Refreshments will be served at the end of the event – Soup, tea, coffee, sandwiches, buns etc.

    Hall will be closed at 3pm.

    Entry fee for Cycling Ireland license holders - £10 / 12euro – please bring licence to sign on
    Non cycling Ireland £13 / 15euro.

    Please note the Tour of Down is not a race and will be a controlled event.
    Marshalls will be on route but may not be present at all junctions

  • Shimna Wheelers 3 Park Challenge

    Date Saturday, 03 Mar 2018
    Length28 miles
    Start PointBryansford GAA Club

    Shimna Wheelers Cycling Club invite you to participate in our exciting new event, The 3 Park Challenge.

    The 3 Park Challenge is a leisure MTB/CX sportive commencing in Newcastle and traversing some of the most demanding terrain found in the Donard, Tollymore and Castlewellan Parks before finishing back in Newcastle.

    The event is an endurance MTB/CX 28 mile route with 4500 feet climbing. The route has carefully been chosen to appeal to riders from various backgrounds who wish to enjoy in the incredible Mourne scenery. Your journey will take you along the Newcastle seafront, up into the iconic Mourne Mountains, surrounding hills and finishing back in Newcastle.

    You will tackle gravel park roads, stone pathways, natural paths and roads on your way to conquering the 3 Park Challenge, oh and let’s not forget the KOM/QOM on the last and longest climb of the day. Sign up and we’ll see you on the 3rd March.



    Date Sunday, 11 Mar 2018
    Start PointCarrickcruppen GFC

    The Spring Sixty is our early season Sportive which takes place this year on Sunday 11th March 2018, always widely anticipated as it is one of the first of the year. A real Classic! This years charity is the Autism Families Support Group.

    The Spring Sixty is always a lively event with some of the local racers (its not a race) looking to test their legs and strength before the racing season gets to full blown stage and the endurance and leisure riders looking to improve on their time last year and in turn getting excited as this is the first local sportive of the year, no matter what type of rider you are you will always be assured of a warm welcome at The Spring Sixty.

    The weather has been unpredictable over the years, we have had sunshine, rain, wind or snow and sometimes all of those at the same time although The Spring Sixty has never been about good weather, its about seeing if your winter training has worked or kicking off your leisure season, either way setting your goals and expectations for the year ahead!

    The distance is 60k (see what we done there!) over rolling South Armagh and North Louth countryside. We purposely designed the course to be fairly fast and not too challenging no ‘Killer Hills’ to be found here!. The event starts at St Paul's High School Bessbrook at 10.00am sharp and will be open at 9am were you can also grab a tea or coffee and have the craic before the off.

    The Spring Sixty is a Cycle Sportive and as such the event is open to cyclists of all abilities from novice to advanced. Traditionally the halfway stop is held courtesy of the award winning Fitzpatrick's Restaurant where you will be treated to hot soup and breads to warm you up then onward to the finishing line. Each finisher is treated to a warm welcome and medal at the finish line plus a wholesome hot meal with tea and coffee. The atmosphere is always lively!

    Last Year we had just over of 500 riders which astounding though it was we were at our limits and unfortunately came up short in a few areas (we felt) so in an effort to give everyone the full on Spring Sixty Experience we have made a few small changes, all for the better. Our Sportive is of the highest standard and that is the way we would like to keep it for you!

    This year registration for all riders will be ONLINE ONLY. Tickets available via Eventbrite by clicking on the tickets tab on the events page or click below. (there will be no registration on the day though you will have to collect wristband for food & medal etc) Get your skates on click below and get booked!


  • Easter Cycle

    Date Sunday, 01 Apr 2018
    Length35 miles / 50 miles
    Start PointDrumquin Community Hall

    With a 35 and 50 mile route leaving from Drumquin, this annual leisure cycle is back for 2018!

    Contact the club secretary on

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