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Chase the Sun Ireland 2022: New 209 mile route announced

James Spender
15 Feb 2022

Chase the Sun adds an Ireland coast-to-coast sportive to its 2022 calendar

On 18th June 2022, Chase the Sun – the annual 330km, coast-to-coast, sun-up, sun-down sportive – is coming to Ireland. Chase the Sun Ireland priomises to be tough, it promises to be beautiful, and it also promises one simple thing: the shared joy of cycling. Better set your alarms for 4am...

Chase the Sun's beginnings

Photo: Alex Turner

It started with a beer mat of an idea: how far could Chase the Sun founder Olly Moore ride in a single day? Evidently the longest day of the year would lend itself best to answering that question, so one summer solstice in 2008, Moore and two friends set off.

The proposed course charted 200 miles (320km) east to west, coast to coast, across the south of England. They set off at dawn.

A ferocious storm blew through the Mendip Hills, agonisingly close to the end. They had to abandon.

Moore tried the next year, the same course, but alas, a similar fate.

Then the third year. Word had spread and a gaggle of riders lined up on the Isle of Sheppey, wheels pointed towards Burnham-on-Sea, 330km away.

They left at dawn and arrived just before sunset. It was possible; the Chase the Sun sportive was born.

Chase the Sun events 

Today Chase Sun has grown into four events, each the same ethos, each on the closest Saturday to the longest day: Chase the Sun UK South; Chase the Sun UK North, across Northumberland and Southern Scotland; Chase the Sun Italy, across the chalk roads of Tuscany; and this year, for the very first time, Chase the Sun Ireland 2022.

‘Chase the Sun Ireland starts at sunrise on the Irish Sea at the historic Titanic docks of Belfast, proceeds up the dramatic coastal road and through the Antrim Glens before heading inland to traverse forests, mountains, and loughs,’ says Chase the Sun’s organiser, Philippe Webb.

‘The route crosses the border of Northern and Republic of Ireland and finishes after 209miles (334km) at sunset on the Atlantic beaches of Enniscrone.’

That’s a serious undertaking, but as the organisers are at pains to point out, this isn’t your average sportive. ‘There are no timings or rankings, no medals, only the ultimate success of chasing the sun to view the sunset on the coastline.’

The next rides are the 18th June 2022. See chasethesun.org for more details.

Chase the Sun events 

Chase the Sun UK South

Starts at sunrise on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent, crossing a diverse section of the country, encompassing the urban sprawl of London, country lanes, green vales and the mighty Cheddar Gorge, ending at sunset in Burnham On Sea on the Somerset coast some 205 miles later.

Chase the Sun Italy

A spectacular 270km route full of scenic climbing and thrilling descents, it traverses the country from Cesenatico, birthplace of Marco Pantani, over the Appenine mountains, scenic Tuscan hills and vineyards, and passing historic cultural landmarks in Florence and Pisa, to arrive at the Tirrenian sea, on the coast west of Pisa.

Chase the Sun UK North

Starts on the beachfront in Whitley Bay, north of Newcastle Upon Tyne, and takes in the wild hills, forests and rivers of Northumberland and the dramatic southern uplands of Scotland, crossing historic bridges and epic wilderness, riding over 200 miles to reach a view of mid-summer sunset over the Firth of Clyde from Ayr seafront.

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