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2011 update

‘The Cooley Thriller’

Yes its back, ‘Da Cooley Thriller’ is about to peddle off once more on Saturday 20th, August 2011. Set in the Cooley Mountains just outside Carlingford, Co. Louth the route, approx. 52kmm,  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.
Enterents will receive event T-shirt which has a new espically designed ‘Thriller Logo’

Sign on at Foy Centre at 8am in Carlingford , starting and finishing in the village centre , to be crowned the Cooley King !!!

The Categories with a mass start as usual (Elite Male & Female, Experts, Masters, Vets, Classic Vets, Sport Male & females). One big loop approx. 52k Lap and a shorter sport/fun !! 21k course.
Sign on will open on Friday 19th at the Foy Centre, 7pm until 8pm. Saturday 20th 8am until 9.15am SHARPISH.
Entry fee online €25
Registration on the day €30 (for this:-Great course, two feed stations, post race pasta meal, showers, €1250 prize fund, NEW Thriller T=shirt)

Start 10am (VERY SHARP) village centre.

Carlingford is very simple to find coming from North, South or West.


1.   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
next left into the village. Follow the one way system towards the church. Just before the church the Foy Centre is beside C’ford primary School on your left.

2.   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

When you arrive at the village, pass the Castle on your left, and take the next right into the village. Follow the one way system left towards the church. Just before the church the Foy Centre is beside C’ford primary School on your left.

3. Parking

There is limited parking available in the Foy Centre.

Also, plenty of parking in Carlingford Village

4. Registration

Sign-on is at Foy Centre and is open on – Friday evening from 7pm –

8pm and on Saturday morning from 8am – 9.00am

This year will see all competitors issued with aespically designed cotton T-shirt.

5. XC ‘Thriller’ Event Timetable

Friday 19th – 7pm – 8pm Race Registration/Sign-on

Saturday 20th
8am Race Registration Opens
9.30 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.

1.30pm onwards finish above the village 500m from the Foy Centre, Carlingford

3 pm approx. Food (Chicken Pasta) and Prize Giving (Hand crafter trophies for all category winners. Prize fund of over €1250) at the Foy Centre (when final finisher arrives – respect !!)

Showers available at the Foy Centre.

6. Course Map

The GPS map of the course will be available as a google map on our race page www.dundalkcycling.com in the coming weeks

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 is approx.525km 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, Castles, Aidans Canyon, Skull Alley, CLEC Route, Goylin Pass, Black Ski Run, the Crown awaits……………..Home Sweet Home !!!!

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