Entries Now Open for 2016 Cycling Event
The route for the 2016 Cycle Against Suicide has been announced and it’s another epic round-Ireland challenge which will cover fifteen counties and almost 700 miles over two weeks from 24th April 2016.
Registration has opened at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Beginning on Sunday 24th April in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, Cycle Against Suicide will take in southern and border counties of Northern Ireland, hopping in from Monaghan, with stops in Portadown, Cookstown, Omagh, Stranorlar, Glenties and Donegal Town. The cyclists will then head down through Sligo, through the middle of Ireland and rounding off at Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford, before finishing up in Dublin on Saturday 7th May.
Each year, Cycle Against Suicide brings together cyclists of all abilities, who have many different reasons for taking part in all, or part, of the two week cycle event. They are united in their desire to demonstrate that, shoulder to shoulder, they can break the cycle of suicide. Over 800 people die from suicide in Ireland each year, with over 200 in Northern Ireland alone.
The annual cycling event is now in its fourth year and has seen over 10,000 cyclists take to the roads of Ireland in April and May, to spread the message that “it’s ok not to feel ok and it’s absolutely ok to ask for help”.
Jim Breen is the remarkable figure behind Cycle Against Suicide. He founded the event in 2012 and has taken part every year since. In 2015, Jim set out two weeks early to run the whole route in reverse (averaging the equivalent of a marathon a day), ahead of cycling it along with the 800-strong peloton. In spite of injury, eye-watering blisters and the pitfalls of the Irish weather (mostly rain, sleet and wind), Jim arrived in Belfast in time for the race start on 27 April this year, to then cycle the whole way round and back to Dublin. Jim documented his epic and emotional journey on the event’s Facebook page, each day reaching a growing army of thousands of readers, supporters and followers with his daily blog post.
Jim Breen was in one of next year’s stopover points, Omagh, today (30th November) to launch the 2016 route and to open the event registration.
Jim explained, “Cycle Against Suicide is not just another sponsored cycle. It’s a unique event which touches people directly across Northern Ireland and the Republic as it stops in around 30 towns and villages along the way. Everywhere we go, lunchtime events and evening get-togethers are arranged spontaneously to meet us.
“This prompts a conversation around mental health in schools, businesses and communities throughout Ireland. We estimate that over the years, this has allowed us to engage with over 400,000 people and to have conversations that just wouldn’t have any forum otherwise. It encourages those who are in need to seek out the supports available, and this can only help how we tackle suicide.
“Last year’s Cycle Against Suicide had a staggering 10,000 participants. We’re looking forward to seeing 2016 keep the momentum going. We will rely on our band of incredible volunteers, marshals, and providers of homestay accommodation everywhere we go – they are the ones who make this event what it is. This is much more than a cycle – it’s a movement; a movement to bring our message that it’s ok not to feel ok; and absolutely ok to ask for help to the 6.4 million people on the island of Ireland. The website is now live at www.cycleagainstsuicide.com – what a great challenge to set your sights on for 2016 – so get signed up and get involved.”