Saturday 23rd September Wendy and Mervyn took on the Tony Golden Memorial Cycle – Passport Challenge. This was a fundraising event, with proceedings going to the RNLI. All cyclists were issued with a passport when leaving the community center in Blackrock – depending on their cycling route option, they will then call to Garda Stations along the respective routes and get their passport stamped at each stations. A list of the Garda Stations on each route will be supplied in the Passport.
Wendy tells us about the day below.
Saturday saw our first duo sportive as husband and wife at the Garda Tony Golden memorial ‘Passport Chsllenge’ in aid of the RNLI.
This was not just the average sportive in that you had various stops to make on your chosen route and get a mock Irish passport you were given stamped. Mervyn chose to do the 165k distance while I did the 80k . The morning started off at black rock at 7.30am for Mervyn when they headed north for a route taking in Carlingford and climbing up to flagstaff before heading back south going through ardee, Collen and Drogheda. Old man as I sometimes refer to him as, he did well hanging in with the lead group the whole way average 20mph and with everyone in the group working together and rolling road closure with the help of the Gards he finished in 5hrs. My route which took in 80k started at 10.30am and ran the opposite direction was a little more rolling hills but still challenging in parts with a strong headwind….finishing in 3 and half hours.
Overall the event was very well organised and marshalled and everyone returned to Blackrock to a wonderful medal and a tasty plate of chicken curry. We’ll definitely be returning next year to repeat