Building on Cuchulainn Off Road’s very successful EdFest last year, it returns with the upgraded EdFest 2.0, featuring a three-stage enduro, XC race, gravel riding and Rosco Lines coaching in Ravensdale.
Pencilled in for Sunday March 15th, Anaverana House and Ravensdale forestry, Co Louth will be a hub of cycling activity for a very worthy cause.
EdFest was established to celebrate the life of Cuchulainn Off Road’s good friend Ed Lenox-Conyngham who died October 2018.
He was the sort of guy who was more into celebrating life than getting hung up about death. That’s why we risk hypothermia to run this event near his birthday.
His facebook page, Ed Lenox, is still up there if anyone wants to see the sort of fella he was.
The aim is to have a fun day on the bikes, enjoy a bit of racing for those who want to and most definitely feast on some good grub and hot drinks after.
Edfest 2.0 is based at Anaverna House in Ravensdale, Ed’s ancestral home. Anyone who came last year will no doubt remember the wonderful bacon butties put on by Lindis, Ed’s wife, and her very talented parents.
The XC race will start at 10am and will incorporate the open section of ELC trail, named in honour of Ed, for those who would like to practice.
The enduro race format will be slightly different this year. We will still run ELC as a stage, but we plan to run 2-3 other stages on different trails and weather dependent. This will start at 12pm and will be timed by stopwatches, so no gurning.
King Of The Hill
If you are brave enough to race both the XC and enduro you are in the running for the king of the hill, the most prestigious prize in mountain biking.
Conor Campbell is the defending King of the Hill champ and will no doubt be aiming to retain his crown.
Stories And Gravel
Paul Callan will hopefully be leading out a group gravel ride on the day. This is guaranteed to be full of chat and a pleasant spin staying on the gravel tracks in the forest. There might even be a song or two!
Rosco Lines Coaching
Colin Ross of Rosco Lines has signed up for the day as well. The plan is for some basic coaching for the younger riders out there. Numbers are limited, so please contact Cuchulainn Off Road in advance to register your interest.
Tea And Cakes
Anaverna house has beautiful grounds and for those who aren’t biking please call for a cup of tea and some cake. You could take in a gentle stroll around the grounds or take a bigger hike up the Cooleys.
There is no entry fee, all that is asked is for a donation on the day. This money will go towards developing junior biking locally.
If you plan to race we do ask that you have at least a LC licence from Cycling Ireland, we will not be doing day licences.
Sign on will be 08:30-09:30
Please keep an eye on the Cuchulainn Off Road Facebook page and Freewheelin’ social media for updates.
Huge thanks to Colin Ross/Rosco Lines for getting involved too.
Entry is FREE, but DONATIONS welcome!
- Entry info: Ed Fest 2.0