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Cyclists are back in the saddle as the Maracycle returns

From left, Mark Lusby from Lisburn City Council, Winnie 0rr, Maracycle Event Manager at Co-operation lreland Councillor David Archer, Chairman of Leisure Services, Lisburn City Council at the Lisburn launch of the 2010 Co-operation lreland Maracycle.AFTER 13 years, Co-operation Ireland's Maracycle challenge makes a return this month and Lisburn City Council is supporting one of the official restpoints.

The DHL supported event will take place over the weekend of 26-27 June and the return route between Belfast and Dublin will cover just over 200 miles.

The official restpoint stop at Moira Demesne has been supported by Lisburn City Council.

Peter Sheridan, Chief Executive of Co-operation Ireland, explained: "We have brought back the Maracycle due to popular demand as so many people have expressed an interest in cycling between the capital cities of Belfast and Dublin. The route is challenging but achievable and it has been chosen with the safety of cyclists at the fore. A number of shorter options are also available, so it can be a real family event."

Terry O'Neill, Fundraising Director, explained the Maracycle route: "We are keeping off the main route as such as possible. On Day 1, from the start in Belfast we will head towards Lisburn and on towards Moira, Banbridge, Camlough and on to Dundalk. From there the route will continue on to Castlebellingham, Dunleer, Drogheda, Naul and finishing at Dublin City University in the northside of Dublin. The following day, the route will be reversed."

Upwards of a thousand cyclists are expected to take to the roads for Maracycle. It has the backing of cycling and sporting bodies throughout Ireland, but it is not just an event for club cyclists.

By partaking in the challenge, cyclists can raise money for Co-operation Ireland, whose aim is to promote improved relations between communities in Northern Ireland and in the Republic. Hundreds of other charities will also benefit, through the efforts of the participants.

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