Frequently Asked Questions – 2017

How long is the Calcutta Cycle Sportive? 80km or a 50 mile route starting and ending in Blackhall Place, taking an anti-clockwise loop North up the R135 (Old Ashbourne Road) to the “Nine Milestone Roundabout”, then heading West along the R125 through Ratoath and Dunshaughlin, heading South on the R125 before turning back towards Dublin on the R156 to the Dunboyne bypass and returning to Blackhall Place via the Phoenix Park.

How long does it take? Many cyclists will complete the course in around 3 hours (excluding stops).  We are asking that the slowest riders complete the course in a maximum of 4 hours 30 minutes (20kph plus max 30 mins stops).

What time does it start? 09.00am SHARP, with on-site registration for participants starting at 07.30am.  All participants must be ready for a safety briefing from the Organisers and An Garda Sióchána at 08.30am.

Do I need to sign up to the cycle in advance? Yes.

How do I sign up to the Cycle? You can sign up online here.

Is the Calcutta Cycle Sportive a race? No, it is a non-competitive fundraising charity cycle, at your own pace.  All participants must obey the Rules of the Road at all times.

How much Sponsorship money do I need to raise? We request that ALL cyclists raise a total of €100 in sponsorship. This includes your registration fee of €50. The €50 registration is non-refundable.

Can I get Sponsorship Cards? Yes.  When you register we will send out a Sponsorship card to you. This will help you raise awareness of the Cycle and your fundraising efforts.

Can I raise Sponsorship money online? Yes, definitely. You can create your own fundraising page on and send the link to all your contacts. They can donate online, and you can record who has donated and what amount. This is a very easy way of collecting sponsorship money and people tend to give higher amounts online. Any cash you collect should be handed in at registration before the Event.

Are there any age restrictions?

You must be 18 years old or over to participate in the Calcutta Cycle Sportive.

What route does the Calcutta Cycle Sportive take? Click here to check out the route maps and route video.

Do I need to train? Yes, thorough training and preparing for the Cycle is strongly advised if participants are not already experienced distance cyclists.

Cycling some of the route as part of your training is recommended if possible.

What about equipment? The better your bike, the easier the cycling will be.  Make sure it is properly serviced, ie that brakes and gears work correctly and that tyres are in good condition – no cuts or bulges. Pump up tyres to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure.

Cycle shorts are a must (for obvious reasons) and all participants MUST wear a cycling helmet at all times during the event.

What about punctures/repairs along the route?  Participants should be able to fix simple issues such as punctures: carry a pump, tyre levers and a spare inner tube – and know how to use them!

The Event Organisers will also have a mechanic available at the start and the stop, and one mobile repair unit travelling the route.

What about food & drink throughout the day?  Please carry with you food and drink for your own refreshment along the route.  The Organisers will also provide refreshments at the designated stop: Toilet facilities plus tea/coffee/water and bananas/biscuits will be available.

What about showering, changing etc. after the Cycle? Unfortunately offering showering facilities is not logistically feasible at the Law Society. The available toilet facilities can be used for changing.

What happens after the Cycle? All participants are invited to the Finish Line Festival in the grounds of the Law Society featuring a BBQ, bar, DJ and fun activities.  A bike part with security staff will be available at the Law Society, but bikes are left strictly at the owner’s risk.