Event Information Page

Sport Ireland, in conjunction with Cycling Ireland has teamed up with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland and Fingal County Council for the Great Dublin Bike Ride, which will be held on the 23rd September in Dublin.  It is a bike ride for all abilities novice to expert. 65km or 105km routes.  This event will be a flagship event in Ireland for the European Week of Sport.

Click here to download the Participant Information Booklet

Event Info

On the 23 September 2018, up to 7,000 riders will set out from Merrion Square to take part in the Great Dublin Bike Ride. The event will offer a 65km route for those looking for a slightly less strenuous day in the saddle and a challenging 105km route for experienced riders.

The event is not open to anyone under the age of 16.

Friday 21st September DIT Grangegorman, Dublin

Times 12pm – 8pm – Sign on and collection of bib numbers

Saturday 22nd September DIT Grangegorman, Dublin

Times 10am – 4pm – Sign on and collection of bib numbers

Sunday 23rd September Merrion Square, Dublin

Time Activity
07:00 Staging pens open
08:00 1st Wave Start 105km
08:15 2nd Wave Start 105km
08:35 1st Wave Start 65km
08:48 2nd Wave Start 65km
11:41 First 70km participant approx
11:54 First 105km participant approx
14:00 Final participants finishing approx
17:00 Event Closes


Start Times

Your start pen will depend on your start number – BLUE (105k), GREEN (65k).

All participants will set off from Merrion Square in waves as per your start number colour.

More detailed information on waves and load in time procedures will be shared with all participants in advance of the event.

Pen/Load-In Times

Distance Wave No Start Pen Load In (Access to Start Pen) Start Time
105km 1 Blue From 7am 08:00
105km 2 Blue From 7am 08:15
65km 3 Green From 7am 08:35
65km 4 Green From 7am 08:48

Start Procedure

Participants will not be allowed access to their Start Pen before the time shown in the load in times. You must load into the start pen that corresponds to your start number – no exceptions. Detailed information will be shared with all participants in advance of the event.

Bike Park

There will be a secure participant bike park in the event village. Bikes are left at owner’s risk, but are checked in and checked out via a ticketing system and managed by event security.


Participants Who Cannot Attend Sign-On

Sign-on will only take place as above. If you cannot attend at this time, you can nominate someone else to sign-on for you. Simply print out your confirmation email for the nominated person and they will be issued with your numbers etc.

Post Event

Immediately post-event, you will receive your medal, hydration and refreshments.