Below are some pictures from the day along with quotes from a few of those who took part, giving a feel for the event and what it meant to them.
“Initially much excitement echoed through the bunch, high spirited voices and enthusiasm permeated through the large group of riders but alas, soon the idea of what lay ahead became ubiquitous and a sense of disquiet took over. 143km is a long distance for many and now the realisation had begun to sink in.
Cold and wind bitten were most of the cyclists on the day but still smiling faces could be seen and some managed to sing songs along the route, livening up the spirits of those who were feeling a little worse for wear.
It was an incredible feeling to be part of this experience and I have no doubt in my mind that I will be back next year. I would recommend it to all, experienced cyclists or not.” Damian Gorey
“For me this was one of the most memorable Sportives - got to meet and ride with Dan Martin and Colin Lynch, got in a good group (including 6 other LCRC riders) all the way to Summerhill and completed the 143km ahead of my goal time - doesn't get any better than that.” Douglas Kennedy
“Earlier in the day I had got to ride on Dan Martin's wheel with Liam and Chris from Stagg Cycles and had thought this would be the highlight of the event for me, but the last 30-40km to Dunboyne topped everything. The pace, albeit with a favourable wind, genuinely changed my perception of what I can potentially achieve cycling, as with 100km in the legs we continued to hover around 40kph+ on the flats and 30-35kph on the hills. By this time, and thanks to many weeks of long distance training with LCRC's sportive crew, my legs were still in good shape and I was ending up doing much of the front work.
We rolled into the M3 parkway just under 4hrs and 20 minutes after starting. It was only 20 past twelve! The atmosphere was electric as a big crowd had gathered to welcome in the cyclists doing 60km and the feeling and sense of achievement was amazing. I joined the crowd at the finish line and it was fantastic to soak up the enthusiasm and energy from those coming over the line.” Mark Nicholls
“Temple Street has had a huge impact on my life personally due to the fact that 10 years ago this is where my 6 week old son Cian was admitted to have a massive life-saving operation. Thankfully the operation was a complete success and Cian has made a full recovery. I mention this because it is important to remember that this is what the cycle is ultimately all about: raising much needed awareness and funds for a hospital that is so desperately underfunded. It is only when you have gone through the farce that we now call the “Irish health system“ that you can truly appreciate the Trojan work that the staff carry out on a daily basis in these 3rd world buildings. To all the LCRC riders who took part and to all my family, friends and work colleagues who helped with sponsorship - Thank You.” Sean Flynn