Cycling in Wicklow
The quiet roads around the Glenmalure Valley provide the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful cycle. There are a variety of different routes to reward cyclists of different abilities. Guests can cycle at a relaxed pace along on the valley floor of Glenmalure or navigate a more strenuous bicycle tour through Wicklow along the famous Military Road. There are also more demanding organised events in the year that include the Wicklow 200 & 100 and the highly competitive Shay Elliott Race.
Cycling Facilities at the Glenmalure Lodge
The Glenmalure Lodge provides secure bicycle storage for overnight guests. To minimise the amount of movement at the end of an arduous day, guests only have to walk down the stairs to have an informal evening meal served in the lounge followed by a nightcap, all under the same roof.
The Cycle Superstore in Tallaght have generously donated an Air Stop track pump that is available to any cyclist struggling with a flat tyre. The picnic tables outside are perfect for remaining with the bikes whilst enjoying some tea and scones. Before heading back out to climb some more hills, take the opportunity to stock up on energy gels which are for sale behind the bar or perhaps pick up a local map of the area if you are unsure of your directions. Alternatively, if you are at the end of your day, there are coin-operated showers inside that are available for use before packing the bike up in the car and heading home.
Military Road Cycling Tour
The rough equivalent of cycling the Wicklow Way is to cycle along the Military Road (R115). Like the Wicklow Way, this challenging route also starts in Rathfarnham and finishes at Aughavannagh and is nearly 60km in length. It passes four Military Barracks at Glencree, Laragh, Glenmalure and Aughavannagh and crosses the famous Sally Gap en-route. Those wishing to make the journey and spend the night in Wicklow will find the Glenmalure Lodge to be the ideal overnight stop.
Shay Elliott Memorial Race
Those cycling along the Military Road between Laragh and Glenmalure will pass a memorial of one of Ireland’s finest cyclists. Shay Elliot (1934-1971) was the first ever Irish cyclist to wear a yellow jersey in a Tour de France, which he held it for three days in 1963.
A one day race is held every year in his honour. The ‘Shay Elliott Memorial Race’ is organised by the Bray Wheelers and held in the Spring. The route starts from Bray and passes the Glenmalure Lodge just before the climb for the coveted ‘King of the Hill’ at the Shay Elliott Memorial.
Spectators are invited to enjoy an outdoor lunch at the Glenmalure Lodge and show their support for the cyclists that pass the front of the building.
More Info… www.braywheelers.com
Wicklow 100 & Wicklow 200
Another big day on the cycling calendar is the Wicklow 100 & Wicklow 200. Both of these non-competitive cycles are held together each year in June. The event is organised by the Irish Veterans Cycling Association. Riders are allowed up to 14 hours to complete the circuit.
The Glenmalure Lodge provides a welcome break for many entrants. Sitting outside at the picnic tables and having tea and scones served up is always a popular request.
More Info… www.wicklow200.ie