The trails are dusty, lets hope…………..

The Cooley Thriller
August 28th 2010 powered by Cuchulainn Cycling Club, present, ‘The Cooley Thriller’

Yes its back, ‘Da Cooley Thriller’ is about to peddle off once more on Saturday 28th, August 2010. 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.

Check out the website for updates:- https://dacooleythriller.wordpress.com/
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 fro the R173 to Carlingford. Once you get onto this road its roughly 18km to the turn for Carlingford at Millgrange, take the left run 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 right immediately after this down to the Sailing Club which is down the end of this road on your left.
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 left immediately before the Four Seasons Hotel, after this drive down to the Sailing Club which is down the end of this road on your left. 3.

PARKING
There is plenty of parking available in the Carlingford Sailing Club. Also, plenty of parking in Carlingford Village .

REGISTRATION
Sign-on is at Carlingford Sailing Club and is open on Friday evening from 7pm – 8pm and on Saturday morning from 8am – 9.15am.
XC ‘Thriller’ EVENT TIMETABLE
Friday 27th
7pm – 8pm Race Registration/Sign-on
Saturday 28th
8am Race Registration Opens
9.15 am Registration closes
9.40 am Race Briefing
9.50 am All bikers to go to the start line in the village
10:00 am Race Start (Very Sharp) There is one mass start only.
2pm onwards finish in, Carlingford
3.30 pm Food, and Prize Giving at the sailing Club (when final finisher arrives – respect !!) Showers available at the sailing club.

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 !!!!

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