Great Dublin Bike Ride

The inaugural Great Dublin Bike Ride takes place on Sunday 13th September 2015 at 8.00am. The ride has both 60km and 100km routes that both start and end in Smithfield.

I’m not taking part in the ride myself, but I am volunteering on the day. Along with all the other volunteers, race marshals from Cycling Ireland, Gardai, and security people there will be a cast of thousands (okay, maybe hundreds) working to help the ride take place safely and successfully.

As a volunteer, I’ll be stationed along the route of the ride, to keep and eye out for any problems that might occur, and to advise and assist any members of the public. You’ll be able to pick me out in the crowd as I’ll be the one in the rather snazzy t-shirt and high-vis vest!

It’s an early start for the volunteers, as we will meet at 7.00am, an hour before the start of the race. Then, following a race-day briefing, we’ll be taken by bus to our designated place on the route. We then stay in place as all the riders go by, and are picked up and taken back to base at the end of the ride.

About the race

Up to 5,000 cyclists will take place in the Great Dublin Bike Ride. Both the 60km and 100km routes start and end at Smithfield. The exact routes are shown on the website, but basically all riders start off along the Liffey on the North Quays, and then follow the coast road towards Sutton and then Malahide, before cutting inland towards Swords. The two routes then diverge, as the 60km route goes round the back of the airport and heads back to town via Blanchardstown – while the 100km route heads north into County Meath before looping back to rejoin the 60km route on the way back into Dublin.

Rider registration for the ride is on the official website only, and it will close 1 weeks before the event. There will be no opportunity to register on the day.

Participants are required to sign-in at Smithfield on the Saturday, the day before the race, between 10.00am and 6.00pm. The sign-in happens in a marquee in Smithfield square, and riders are asked to bring their entry number (which will be emailed out a week before the race) and registration confirmation email to the sign-in. The participants will be given their race pack, which includes a number of goodies.

On the Sunday morning the race will be started in 4 waves, with the 100km riders starting first at 8.00am and 8.08am, followed by the 60km riders at 8.16am and 8.24am. The first 60km riders are expected back around 11.30am, and the first 100km riders at about 12.00pm. The last riders are expected to finish by 1.50pm.

Each route has two feed stations, where water and food are provided, along with medical and mechanical support:

  • On the 60km route, feed stations are available at 29.2km in Swords, and 49.5km in the National Sports Campus
  • On the 100km route, feed stations are available at 63.9km in Garristown Community Centre, and 88.7km in the National Sports Campus

At the end of the race, riders will also receive additional hydration and refreshments – as well as being awarded their medal!

For participants and visitors alike there will be a cycling expo taking place in Smithfield from 10am to 5.00pm with exhibitors showing off the cycling gear and clothing.  There will be a bike park available during the expo, so that riders can check in their bike if they wish.

Any Questions?

If any ride participants or potential volunteers want to know anything, then please feel free to ask in the comments.

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

4 thoughts on “Great Dublin Bike Ride

  • 3 September, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Hello, I’m a new to road cycling, although I’ve been a daily commuter for the many years. Do you think the ride would be suitable for new road cyclists? I’m not interested in a competitive cycle, just a leisurely ride with a group. I’m aware there are many different cycle clubs open for new members as well.

    • 3 September, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Philip,

      They advertise the ride as suitable for “all abilities from novice to expert”. It’s not meant to be a race, so the pace should be more leisurely. I guess it all depends upon what distances you’re comfortable with. For me, I only ever commute on the bike, over a maximum distance of about 10km, so I probably wouldn’t have the stamina or confidence to do a 60km ride.

      If you decide to go for it, good luck and have a great ride!

  • 14 September, 2015 at 9:44 am

    It’s the day after the ride, and it seems to have been a really successful events. Around 3,000 cyclists took part, and the worst of the rain held off until they had finished!

    There are probably a few improvements that could be made, but for an inaugural event I thought it was very well organised.

    Of course it was a very early start for everyone. The volunteers all gathered at 7.00am and were taken by bus our onto the course, and stationed at different junctions. I ended up at junction 196, situated somewhere to the west of Finglas, just after the 2nd food station and about 9km to the finish line.

    It was great to see such a variety of cyclists and bikes out on the ride. I counted 5 tandem bikes and 1 recumbent. And amongst all the fancy road bikes were a lot of hybrid, city and mountain bikes. So it really was an event for all-comers.

    Maybe next year I’ll even take part in the ride!

  • 15 July, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    The Great Dublin Bike Ride is on again in 2016 – on Sunday 11th September. Registration is now open.

    It’s a shame I’m on holiday for it, or I would definitely be out there on my Dutch bike.


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