Square Wheels CC member Mary McCartan has spent most of the past two weeks on her bike alongside fellow club members and supporters raising awareness for Ovarian Cancer. Cycling Ulster Assistant Chairman, Tommy McCague joined Mary and others involved in the cycle on its Rathmullan to Dunfanaghy stage on Wednesday.
Below is a brief overview of the route the cycle has been on so far with it due to finish this coming weekend. There are daily updates, photographs and more information by going to the Facebook page on the following link – https://www.facebook.com/beovariancanceraware/
“We plan to cycle 7 days split into two parts. The first cycle will start at 7.00 am on Saturday 1st of July in the Moy square. This will be approximately 133 miles heading to Portadown then the towpath to Newry and onto Warrenpoint, Killkeel, Newcastle and Strangford where we cross by ferry to portaferry and take the east coast road all the way round to Bangor arriving between 6 and 7 pm. The route chosen is very flat with only gentle hills, however there are plenty of options to do part of the route and return to Moy e.g. cycle to Scarva or Newry and return to Moy. It may also be possible to drive to Newry or another point and join from there. We intend this to be a leisurely run average 13/14 mph.
Return trip from Bangor will be by train via Belfast to Portadown or if anyone would volunteer their services and cars to come pick us all up this would be much appreciated!! Anyone interested in taking part in this cycle please comment below with what you would like to do or any queries speak Mary or me.
The second part of the cycle will be of the north coast on Monday 10th July starting in Larne, followed by the Inishowen peninsula on the 11th, Rathmullan to Dunfanaghy on the 12th, Dunfanaghy to Ardara 14th, Ardara via Glencolmkill to Donegal town on the 15th and then the last day home to Moy. Average miles per day will be around 70 to include some iconic climbs!”