IEBA

September 20th 2024 – Dash of the Derg

The Overview Of The Event:

The Dash of the Derg charity bike event, sponsored by Ei Electronics and organised by the Irish Electrical Cycling Club (IECC), sounds like a fantastic opportunity to support a worthy cause while enjoying a day of cycling.

Event Sponsors: The event is generously supported by Ei Electronics as the main event sponsor, along with several Gold and Silver level sponsors from the industry, demonstrating widespread support for the cause.

Gold level Sponsors: City Electrical Factors, CJK Engineering, EWL Group, Fegime Ireland, Hager Ireland, Irish Electrical Buyers Group (IEBG), In2 Engineering, Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, Kellihers Electrical, Legrand, Lidacel, Modula Electric, Reg Farrell Engineering, Richmond Electrical Wholesale, Robus, JV Tierney Consultant Engineers, Schneider Electric.

Silver Level Sponsors: Ethos Engineering, Fisher Paykel, Fusion 4 Quality, Mitchell McDermot, National Electrical Wholesalers, Profile Emergency Lighting.

Organisers: The event is organised by members of the newly formed Irish Electrical Cycling Club (IECC), including Stephen McManus (Lidacel), Michael Bissett (Hager), Diarmuid McStay (REW), Andrew Clifford (JV Tierney), and Dan Fisher (Core Distribution & IEBA). Their dedication and efforts in organising this event highlight the commitment of the electrical industry to supporting charitable initiatives.

With such enthusiastic support and meticulous organization, the Dash of the Derg promises to be a memorable event, bringing together individuals from the electrical industry for a day of camaraderie and philanthropy

Here Are The Key details:

Who can participate?

Anyone involved in the electrical industry, including contractors, wholesalers, consultant engineers, and distributors, as well as their family and friends, is invited to participate and raise funds for the Irish Electrical Benevolent Association (IEBA).

Route Description

The course is a 116km route, relatively flat, designed to accommodate cyclists of all levels.

The route will be clearly marked, and there will also be both static and bike marshals around the route. Your cooperation will be appreciated.

Water Stops are at the 46km and 85km marks around the course.

Click here for the GPX File 

Cost to Participate

Individuals, teams of four or teams of six individuals can sign up, providing a great opportunity for colleagues and friends to come together and support the cause.

Individual Entry Cost: €100

Team of 4 Entry Cost: €400

Team of 6 Entry Cost: €600

 

Insurance Information:

All members of Cycling Ireland are automatically insured to participate in the event. Proof of Cycling Ireland Membership is required when registering.

A Cycling Ireland Event Licence, one-day insurance cover, is required for any non-members of Cycling Ireland to participate in the event.

Link to purchase the Cycling Ireland Event Licence  

How To Enter:

Register for the event by clicking the link below:

Click this link to register.

or scan the QR Code

 

Insurance Information:

All members of Cycling Ireland are automatically insured to participate in the event. Proof of Cycling Ireland Membership is required when registering.

A Cycling Ireland Event Licence, one-day insurance cover, is required for any non-members of Cycling Ireland to participate in the event.

Link to purchase the Cycling Ireland Event Licence  

Start/Finish Location

The start and finish point is at Flanagan’s On The Lake, Ballina, promising an enjoyable day of cycling amidst scenic surroundings.

Google Map Link

Parking

There are a number of car park options:

Smith O’Brien GAA & Camogie Club – Google Map

Ballina GAA Club  – Google Map 

Once parked, make your way to Flanagan’s On The Lake, just a 5-minute cycle for registration and safety brief.

Carpooling is suggested to alleviate car parking for the event.

Public car parks in the town are also available. 

NOTE: There is no parking available in local housing estates or on the road outside the venue.

Arrive early. There may be some delays as you leave the motorway. We will do everything in our power to keep everyone moving.

Registration Area

Before you start the Dash of the Derg, you will need to pick up your pack at registration. It is mandatory to ‘sign-in’ on the day of the event.

Registration will be available from 8.30am at Ei Electronics Demonstration Van at the Start/Finish point of Flanagans On The Lake.

Please bring your confirmation email with QR code to pick up your race pack. If you can’t find this email our registration team will be able to assist you.

All participants will require to have their bikes checked by our on-site mechanic prior to registration. Your cooperation & patience will be appreciated. 

Proof of insurance is mandatory to participate in the event.

 

Insurance Information:

All members of Cycling Ireland are automatically insured to participate in the event. Proof of Cycling Ireland Membership is required when registering.

A Cycling Ireland Event Licence, one-day insurance cover, is required for any non-members of Cycling Ireland to participate in the event.

Link to purchase the Cycling Ireland Event Licence  

What to bring on the morning of the event.

  • Helmet (Compulsory)
  • Mobile Phone
  • Puncture Repair Kit (2 Spare Tubes, Tyre Levers, Pump)
  • Photo ID 
  • Food and drink (there are water stations on the route but it is always safer to bring your own, you will need it!)
  • Your email printout 

Goody Bags

After the event, your Goody Bag will be available for collection with your Event Medal at Flanagans on the Lake.

Official Start & Finish Times

Start: 10:00am

Once registered, Marshall’s will allow teams to leave from 10 am onwards via a rolling start. 

Cut-Off: 6:00pm

 

Medical Support

First-Aid will be provided on the day by the Red Cross. If you do experience a medical emergency, phone the Medical Helpline number which is on your bike number. Give clear and precise information on the nature of the injury and where the casualty is located and give your contact number.

Insurance Requirement:

All members of Cycling Ireland are automatically insured to participate in the event. Proof of Cycling Ireland Membership is required when registering.

A Cycling Ireland Event Licence, one-day insurance cover, is required for any non-members of Cycling Ireland to participate in the event.

Link to purchase the Cycling Ireland Event Licence  

Food 

Before the Event:

Your entry to the event offers each participant a breakfast roll or pastry option and refreshments at Flanagans On The Lake.

After the Event:

Your entry to the event offers each participant a BBQ (Gluten Free Options) and refreshments at Flanagans On The Lake.

YOU WILL NEED TO HAVE YOUR TOKEN FROM THE REGISTRATION FORM TO AVAIL OF THE FOOD.

Please Note: Refreshments will also be waiting for you at the finish line.

Litter

Riders are encouraged to enjoy their surroundings without environmental impact

PLEASE BRING YOUR LITTER BACK TO THE FINISH AREA. 

Water Stops

As well as water being available at the start/finish area, there will be two water stations along the route at the 46km and 85km points.

Litter

Riders are encouraged to enjoy their surroundings without environmental impact

PLEASE BRING YOUR LITTER BACK TO THE FINISH AREA. 

Safety Rules

  • Rules of the road apply at ALL times.
  • All participants must obey the instructions of Gardai, Red Cross, and Marshals.
  • Please note: Marshals do NOT have the authority to stop traffic.
  • RESPECT: Respect other road users, marshals and fellow cyclists.
  • Not every junction may have Marshals so you should approach junctions as if they were not there and proceed with caution.
  • This event takes place on open roads and cyclists must give way to other road users where applicable.
  • There are downhill sections and there may be dangerous bends, please pay attention to signs, flags and whistles.
  • Strictly No iPods or Headphones – safety is a huge priority and failing to hear instructions or the sound of oncoming traffic can cause serious accidents to you, fellow participants and to the general public.
  • All bicycles should be well-maintained and in a road-worthy condition. 
  • Helmets are complusary and no rider will be allowed on course without one.

After The Event

After you cross the finish line (and catch your breath!), you can proceed to the clearly marked Medal Collection Area to collect your medal.

A chance to get a Team Photo

There will be refreshments for all participants.

Where To Stay

The IECC is not affiliated with any of the accommodations listed below.

Here are some of the hotels in the vicinity:

The Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre in Killaloe

Killaloe Hotel & Spa in Killaloe

The Old Quarter in Limerick City – Approx 20km away

Absolute Hotel Limerick in Limerick City – Approx 20km away

Castletroy Park Hotel , Castletroy on the outskirts of Limerick City – Approx 18km away

Kilmurry Lodge Hotel , Castletroy on the outskirts of Limerick City – Approx 17km away

Maldron Hotel & Leisure Centre Limerick in Limerick City – Approx 22km away

Limerick Strand Hotel in Limerick City Centre – Approx 20km away

The Savoy Hotel in Limerick City Centre – Approx 20km away

 


Here are some of the B&Bs and Guesthouses in the vicinity:

Bealkelly Country House approx 9km from Killaloe

Clareville House B&B approx 12km from Killaloe

Cosy Shepherds hut Between Maple and Hawthorn approx 15km from Killaloe

Brennan Court Guest Accommodation approx 16km from Killaloe

The Carriage Houses at Beechpark House, Bunratty approx 26km from Killaloe

The Hazel Tree BnB. Tuaim Uí Mheára approx 26km from Killaloe

 



115km Training Plan

Creating a training plan for a 115km cycle event involves gradually building up your endurance, strength, and speed over several weeks. Here’s a suggested 10-week training plan:

This 10 Week  Training plan requires you to start training from mid-July.

Week 1-2: Base Building

Day 1:   1-hour easy ride at a comfortable pace

Day 2:  Rest or cross-training (e.g., yoga, swimming)

Day 3:  1.5-hour ride, including 15 minutes of intervals (30 seconds hard effort, 2 minutes easy)

Day 4:  Rest or cross-training

Day 5:  1-hour easy ride

Day 6:  2-hour ride at a moderate pace

Day 7:  Rest day

 

Week 3-4: Endurance Focus

Day 1:   1-hour easy ride

Day 2:  Rest or cross-training

Day 3:  2-hour ride with rolling hills

Day 4:  Rest or cross-training

Day 5:  1.5-hour ride, including hill repeats (3-4 climbs of 5-7 minutes each)

Day 6:  2.5-hour ride at a steady pace

Day 7:  Rest day

 

Week 5-6: Strength and Speed

Day 1:   1-hour easy ride

Day 2:  Rest or cross-training

Day 3:  1.5-hour ride with intervals (4-6 x 1 minute hard effort, 2 minutes easy)

Day 4:  Rest or cross-training

Day 5:  2-hour ride with hill sprints (10-12 short, hard efforts on steep inclines)

Day 6:  3-hour ride at a moderate pace

Day 7:  Rest day

 

Week 7-8: Fine-tuning

Day 1:   1-hour easy ride

Day 2:  Rest or cross-training

Day 3:  2-hour ride, including longer intervals (3-4 x 5 minutes hard effort, 5 minutes easy)

Day 4:  Rest or cross-training

Day 5:  2-hour ride with hill repeats

Day 6:  3.5-hour ride at a steady pace

Day 7:  Rest day

 

Week 9: Tapering

Day 1:   1-hour easy ride

Day 2:  Rest or light cross-training

Day 3:  1-hour easy ride

Day 4:  Rest

Day 5:  45-minute easy ride

Day 6:  Rest

Day 7:  Rest

 

Week 10: Event Week

Day 1:   Rest

Day 2:  Short, easy ride to keep legs loose (30-45 minutes)

Day 3:  Rest

Day 4:  Rest

Day 5:  Pre-event ride (20-30 minutes easy with a few short efforts to open up the legs)

Day 6:  Rest

Day 7:  Event day!

 

 

Remember to listen to your body throughout the training process and adjust the plan as needed. It’s important to include rest days for recovery and to avoid overtraining. Additionally, make sure to fuel properly before, during, and after rides, and stay hydrated. Good luck with your training and the event!