Check out results of the 6th Cooley Thriller 2013 click Results. Congrats to Robin Seymour for setting a new record time of 2 hours 42 mins and a couple of secs !! Hope you had a good day.
The Cooley Thriller August 17th 2013 powered by Carlingford Adventure Racing Club and Cuchulainn Cycling Club,
present,………………………… ‘The Cooley Thriller’
‘Da Cooley Thriller’ is about to peddle off once more on Saturday 17th, August 2013. Set in the Cooley Mountains just outside Carlingford, Co. Louth the route, approx. 52km, will take riders on a complete traverse of the Cooley Mountains, taking in some of the Táin Trail and forest tracks to some roller coaster natural single trails once navigated by the bold Cuchulainn himself. Starting in the village with a mass start.
*** Extra water station will be sited half ways around course, just water available.
The other two bottle/food drops will have four numbered trays. At drop off, bottles will not be removed from tray so please remember the tray number you left your bottle in. (Bottles can be claimed at prize giving, 4pm approx.)
Food available:- Water, coke, cake, jellies/sweets & bananas.
Please respect other peoples bottles and food. ***
DIRECTIONS Carlingford is very simple to find coming from North, South or West. (Google Map Link) – From the South & West Make your way to the M1, driving North and take exit 18 and following the directions from the R173 to Carlingford. Once you get onto this road it’s roughly 18km to the turn for Carlingford at Millgrange, take the left turn here and this will bring you into Carlingford Village. When you arrive at the village, pass the Four Seasons hotel on your left, and take the left immediately after this into the village and follow the one-way system to the left. The Foy Centre is on the left 200m out the old Dundalk road. From the North make your way to Newry, following the signs for Dublin following the A2. When you get the centre of Newry, follow the signs for Omeath / Carlingford R173, you will take a left along the quay in front of the Quays shopping centre. Follow this road down, taking a left at the end, this brings you onto the R173, it’s a straight road from here to Carlingford. When you arrive at the village, pass the Castle on your left, and take the right into the village towards the Foy Centre.
PARKING There is plenty of parking available in Carlingford Village .
REGISTRATION Sign-on is at Foy Center and is open on Friday evening from 7pm – 8pm and on Saturday morning from 7.30am – 9.15am.
XC ‘Thriller’ EVENT TIMETABLE
Friday 16th 7pm – 8pm Race Registration/Sign-on
Saturday 17th 8am Race Registration Opens 7.30am Registration closes 9.40 am
Race Briefing 9.50 am All bikers to go to the start line in the village for naturalised lap of the village.
10:00 am Race Start (Very Sharp) There is one mass start only.
2.00pm onwards finish in, Carlingford
3.30pm Food, and Prize Giving at the Foy Centre (when final finisher arrives – respect !!)
Showers available at the Foy Centre.
COURSE MAP The ’09 GPS map of the course http://connect.garmin.com/activity/12618682 has an extra 7k added to this year’s route. Long Course 52k approx. (11k on surfaced road) Short/Sport Course 21k (7k on surfaced road)
We are using a single lap once again this year, the full course about 7k of single track added and is approx. 52km long at this stage and should be pretty fast flowing. They will be a shorter option (17k) for those riders that just want to take part but feel the 52k loop a wee bit too long. The race itself peddles off at 10am with all riders starting in a mass start. Once around the Church in Carlingford there will be no bottle necks as it is a long forest fire track to start with. Along the way you’ll peddle on/up/over/down/through/across and along The Táin Trail, The Devil’s Elbow, Black Run, Roller Coaster, Quad Tracks, Ray’s Loop, The Castles, Aidans Canyon, Skull Alley, CLEC Route, Goylin Pass, Black Ski Run, Carlingford……………..Home Sweet Home !!!!
A great mix of ability arrived at The Lumpers, for this, the third ‘National Trails Day’ mountain bike spin in the Cooley’s, organised by the local Cuchulainn Cycling Club. Two groups took to the hills, those who were out for an easy spin and some beginners, led by group leader Frances Dollard.
Those who were going that little bit further, led by David McKeown and Mickey Laverty (Transalp Veterans) started up a forest road before breaking out on open hillside. Over a short boggy section at Moneycrockroe and then steeply up to the start of the roller coaster below the Black Run and Carnawaddy to the north-east, which marks the burial-place of Cuchullain’s dog, Bran. Lovely views over the Sliabh Foye, the Mournes and Carlingford Lough to the east and to the west, Slieve Gullion and Dundalk Bay. The roller-coaster is a magical single track, all downhill towards the Doonan. Passing ‘Lisnachiggle’ in all its splendor (to the delight of club Chairman Pat O’Shaughnessy) and the Lazy Beds. From the Doonan, around Ray’s loop following the track back through Ballymakellet and on to the Lumpers.
Back at the Lumpers, the facilities better than none, providing the mountain bikers with bike wash, showers and tea/coffee and scones for one and all. The ‘beginners’ will be back.
A wee mountain bike spin from the Lumpers Pub car-park on Sunday 7th October at 9am. Maybe two groups can be organised. Ride time anything from 2 – 4 hours or what ever you fancy. Then back to the Lumpers for a cuppa tea or some apple juice !! Spread the word.