There are to be two planned Cycling Sportives in the Republic of Ireland in 2014. A cyclosportive, or often simply sportive, is a short to long distance, organised, mass-participation cycling event.
Equestrians and cyclists are vulnerable road users. Both groups share similar risks when riding on the road and both need access to more safe off road riding.
Cyclists and horse riders have a statutory right to ride on byways, bridleways and roads. On bridleways, it is important that cyclists give way to horse riders (the Countryside Act 1968 gave cyclists the right to use bridleways, but stated that they must give way to horse riders and walkers).
Cycles can startle horses if ridden too close or fast, which can result in injuries to both parties. Nobody wants this and so with awareness and consideration on both sides, incidents can be avoided.
Download the recommended practice and advice for both parties at horseaccidents.org.uk
Please note, this is not an exhaustive list and there may be others planned that this publication has not been made aware of. Please click on the dates below to link you straight to the relevant website for further details:
4 May: An Post Tour of Sligo 60/100/160km Insitute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland
8 June: Wicklow 200 100/200km Shoreline Leisure Centre, Co. Wicklow, Ireland