BIKE BLOG: Riders set off on Dublin to Sunderland cycle ride

Alan McGee with Keith Traynor from sponsor HTH Accountants.
Alan McGee with Keith Traynor from sponsor HTH Accountants.
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RIDERS from Sunderland are on an epic trek home from Dublin in support of the SAFC Foundation of Light. Here is their first message home:

Having spent seemingly endless weeks in the saddle, braving mile after mile in the changeable climate of this English summer, the start of the D2S Cycle Challenge is upon us.

For those who are unaware of the task ahead, it involves 400 miles of cycling from Dublin to Sunderland to raise money for a great local charity- the SAFC Foundation of Light.

Having yesterday departing a wet and windy Sunderland for Dublin Harbour, we’ve finally arrived. And, after a 24 hour journey of motoring mishaps and a frantic rush for the ferry, it’s time to check in to our first hotel– the Carlton in Blanchardstown, Dublin, with just enough time to make sure our tyres, brakes and bums are suitably prepared for the journey ahead.

It’s certainly a journey of epic proportions, as we’ll be moving north along the Irish Coast, taking in some beautiful scenery along the way then via Belfast and onto Larne for the ferry to Cairnryan in Scotland.

After a day of cycling through Scotland, into Northumberland and following Hadrian’s Wall across the country, the challenge culminates with a celebratory dinner at the Stadium of Light on the evening of Sunday 22 July.

After 400 miles and 5 days of cycling, the celebration will be truly deserved!

Sponsors across the UK and Ireland have gladly taken part in raising money for the Sunderland charity, with HTH Accountants the latest Irish business to raise money for the Foundation.

Furthermore, with the full five days of cycling still to go, there’s plenty more opportunities to get involved – check out the Final 50 Challenge on the Challenge website ( for more details!