Dromore CC Charity Challenge sportive
SUNDAY 24th JUNE 2018 starting and finishing at Dromore Rugby Club. A great day out guaranteed! Great routes in mid-Down and Dromara Hills, brilliant food, and maybe even a poke to finish.
The charities we will be supporting this year are Air Ambulance Northern Ireland and Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI. (Last year we raised £3,000)
70km and 105km routes in beautiful County Down
As with previous years there will be two routes. The Short Route will follow the same route as last year, covering 70km / 43 mi.
For the Long Route we wanted to make it slightly more challenging this year so after Katesbridge 'water stop' (& toilets) we will do a clockwise loop of Slieve Croob, including a climb up over Windy Gap. The distance this year is increased by approx 10km to 105km / 65mi, but with an increase over 10% of climbing to 1,458m (4,800 ft). The Strava links to the two loops are;
Short Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/12548501
Long Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/13538707
COST & PRE-REGISTRATION:
Pre-entry for the Dromore CC Charity Challenge will close on Friday 22rd June 2018. Entry is limited to 250 riders. Fee for the event is £15 per entry (see insurance note below). Outstanding value!
The entry fee includes cost of those who hold a current Cycling Ireland or CTC licence (or equivalent). For everyone else there is an additional £5 fee which provides cover for the day (third party and personal accident provided by CI). Riders can obtain a Cycling Ireland Leisure Licence from the organisers which will provide personal accident cover for the remainder of the year. Contact organiser for more information. The insurance fee for non-CI members is to be paid on the day.
Dromore Rugby Club, 48 Barban Hill, Dromore BT25 1PR
AT THE FINISH:
There will be a finisher food fest, tea/coffee/buns and ICECREAM at the rugby club as well as use of the public bar.
The Rugby club can provide showers and changing facilities for both men and women.
Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on event day!
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LOCAL LORE 1: The Twelve Kings
Folklore tells that twelve kings are buried at the hilltop and each year it is traditional to climb Slieve Croob on the first Sunday in August (known as Cairn Sunday or Blaeburry Sunday) and carry with you a stone to help bury the kings. In recent times there is traditional Irish music played at the top of the Mountain on this date.
LOCAL LORE 2: Dancing at Lughnasa
Slieve Croob was associated with the celebration of the Celtic harvest festival of Lughnasa, in honour of the God Lugh. It was one of quarterly feasts of the old Irish year. Lughnasa or Lammas took place in late July or early August. It continued into Christian times as a harvest festival. The festival was often associated with community gatherings on the summits of mountains or hills which gave a commanding view over the surrounding countryside. On the way to the summit the dark blue bilberries - known locally as 'blaeberries' - would be picked which gave the festival its local name of ‘Blaeberry Sunday’. It is also know as 'Cairn Sunday' as it was said to be a tradition to carry up a small stone to place on the cairn. Once at the summit, an afternoon of dancing, music and games and courtship followed. Blaeberry Sunday was celebrated until the 1950’s on Slieve Croob, and in recent years has undergone something of a revival with an annual walk being organized by local community groups.
LOCAL LORE 3: The sycamore tree with a malevolent spirit
In the early years of the 20th century, a malevolent spirit is said to have haunted the bar and the area around the Dree Hill Road bridge just opposite, in the centre of Finnis, which spans the upper reaches of the River Lagan. By this bridge stood a large and beautiful sycamore tree (still there! https://goo.gl/FqzT19). Knowing the terror the bridge set in the hearts of his parishioners, the village priest set out to exorcise the spirit and managed to capture it in a bottle. He then placed the bottle containing the spirits inside the sycamore tree.
There it remained and the bridge became free of the hauntings. From that day on and, with knowledge of the tree’s part in the exorcism, nobody in Finnis would touch the tree nor would they allow anyone else to touch it either.
Subsequently, the tree died and looked as though it has been killed by a lightning strike. Some years back, when either power lines or telephone lines were being run through the village, the tree stood in the way of progress and the priest had to be called to stop the workers from cutting it down. As a result, they had to run the cables through the tree’s upper branches. The tree was finally felled, only recently, by the hand of mother nature in a violent winter storm but the bottle has never been discovered.
UP & COMING SPORTIVES
|10th June||Wicklow 200 & 100||100k & 200k|
|24th JUNE||DROMORE CC SPORTIVE||60k & 110k|
|30th June||Cornerstone Century Challenge||100k & 64k|