Saturday, 22nd June 2024

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Sweeping coastal cliffs, mythical forests, loughs and ancient cairns, experience the spectacle of the emerald isle

Macmillan Rider Plus+

Fundraising pledge for a discounted entry price

Ride Plus+ registration inc Meals, Jersey / Gilet, Bag service, minimum fundraising required.

LIMITED SPECIAL PRICE RIDE PLUS+

£89

*plus admin fee

Includes everything from Just Ride and:

  • Official CTS rider Jersey or Gilet (your choice)
  • Lunch meal en-route
  • Celebration dinner at the finish line
  • Baggage transfer service
  • Additional partner benefits
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Relay Team Entry

3 or 4 Riders

Share the miles in Relay for the ultimate Team challenge to Chase the Sun!

STANDARd Price

£150

*plus admin fee

Includes:

  • Riding in 30-60 mile segments, a total of 100-133 miles/rider
  • 2 cycling / 1 driving – alternating at pitstops
  • Benefit from your own vehicle along the route
  • Easy own logistics/travel/bag support

Return Travel service on Sunday from Enniscrone > Belfast is available to book separately – MORE DETAILS

What’s Included – RidePlus+ package registration


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Chase the Sun Jersey / Gilet – *NEW 2024 DESIGn*

Lightweight summer jersey, or windproof outer-layer Gilet? Your RidePlus+ entry package includes your choice of either of these exclusive limited edition ‘Chase the Sun’ essential rider kit items. Bespoke design with our premium kit supplier Stolen Goat, tailored for long-distance rides. Available in a full range of both men’s and women’s sizes. View Jerseys / Gilets

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Baggage Transfer

Fast-track bag transfer for your (small) rucksack or luggage direct from the start flag to the finish line. Drop off your bag at the official BagVan at the start-line at sunrise, and it will be waiting for you to collect at the finish-line venue HQ.

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Rider’s Meals

Meeting and eating with fellow riders is part of an enjoyable CTS weekend. RidePlus+ entry package includes a lunch meal en-route at the designated lunch stop. As well as a hearty meal awaiting your arrival at the finish line, where you can relax and celebrate the sunset.

Please note all registrations are subject to a cancellation admin fee, view our refunds and cancellation policy here

04:46

Sunrise Start

22:13

sunset Finish

3100m

Elevation

209

Miles

The Route

Experience our most spectacular and challenging route, to Chase the Sun from sunrise on the Irish Sea at the historic Titanic docks of Belfast, up the dramatic coastal road and the Antrim Glens, heading inland to traverse forests, mountains, and loughs. Riders explore the mythical landscapes and landmarks of the ’emerald isle’. The route crosses the border of Northern and Republic of Ireland and finishes at sunset along the wild Atlantic way beaches at Enniscrone.

Final detailed route maps and timing schedules will be released to all registered riders via a download link in the spring—for now, the route overview graphic provides the vital statistics.
Route Start

Belfast, Titanic Quarter BT3 9EP (Northern Ireland)
04:46 Sunrise at Titanic Belfast Plaza, Belfast Docks.

Start your journey with a unique piece of history, included in our All-In packages is convenient hotel accommodation at the Premier Inn within the heart of the Titanic Quarter.

Route Finish

Enniscrone Bay, F26 Y3Y9 (Republic of Ireland)
22:13 Sunset at Ocean Sands Hotel, Enniscrone.

Soak up the sunset views over the Atlantic beaches with a celebration dinner, drinks and overnight stay in 4-star comfort at Ocean Sands Hotel included within our All-In packages. With an option to enjoy the local restorative ‘seaweed baths’ to soothe aching muscles.

All-in Packages

Let us do all the organising for you, our Accommodation packages guarantee you hotel rooms, baggage service, food and logistics, choose one below.

All-in Single

Single Room

in Belfast & Enniscrone

SINGLE ROOM PACKAGES – SOLD OUT

£499

*plus admin fee

SOLD OUT

All-In Twin (Price Inc. 2 Riders)

Twin Room

in Belfast & Enniscrone

TWIN ROOM PACKAGES – SOLD OUT

£749

*plus admin fee

SOLD OUT

If you wish to enquire about sharing your room with a Non-Riding participant – please email us at chasethesun.org@gmail.com to enquire about pricing


Your All-In Registration packages include (per rider):

  • Guaranteed Hotel Accommodation in a premium location in Belfast Titanic Quarter (start line) and Enniscrone bay (finish line)
  • Ride registration per person, inc. all route plans & guidance
  • Official CTS 2024 Jersey or Gilet your choice of these limited edition items, all men’s and women’s sizes available
  • Bike Storage in a safe, indoor location at the relevant start and finish hotels
  • A Pro Mechanic will carry out a pre-ride bike condition and safety check on Friday
  • Baggage Transfer of one small bag per person from start to finish hotels (contact us for large bike bags/boxes enquiry)
  • Friday Pre-ride Evening Meal High-Energy pre-ride meal at the Start HQ restaurant
  • Saturday Breakfast a pre packed pre-sunrise early breakfast to grab’n’go
  • Rider’s Lunch on route meal at the designated lunch stop
  • Saturday Celebration Sunset Dinner a hearty two-course dinner awaiting you at the sunset finish hotel, with a celebratory drink.
  • Sunday Breakfast includes full cooked breakfast, to kick-start your post-ride calorie recovery!
  • Nutrition Pack selected energy products to fuel your ride
  • Celebration Drink per person awaiting you at the finish line bar

Please note all registrations are subject to a cancellation admin fee, view our refunds and cancellation policy here

Book Return Travel transfers & logistics

to/from start & finish locations, plus bag transfers

We have partnered with European Cycle Events to offer you bike and personal transport services to and from the ride finish locations. A coach and dedicated bike transport trailer will ensure your travel before and after the event day is convenient and effortless.

For more details, and to book these additional services:

Also available (subject to capacity) is bookable baggage transfer for the ride day itself (note that this Bag Transfer is already included within Ride Plus+ and All-In registration packages).

Rider Information

In principle, riders should plan to ride un-supported, this is part of the challenge! Carry all the essentials for safety, sustenance, repair and navigation with you.

The route is not signed or way-marked for the event, navigation is a key test for a successful Chase the Sun. Detailed route maps, timings and guidance will be issued to riders around a month prior to the event, along with downloadable GPX and TCX route files.

Training & Preparation

Training and Preparation are essential for success so check out our Training & Advice page for tips on planning your ride and our preparation checklist.

Support volunteers

There will be no official ‘broom wagon’ or en-route support during the ride. So although not at all essential, it is permitted for non-riding family and friends to join in the weekend epic adventure. You can drive (not along the route!) to certain mapped locations to meet riders and provide encouragement and supplies if required. Please help all riders where you can, it’s in the spirit of the ride.

Group / Club / Corporate or Charity entries

Entering in a group of 6 or more riders? We may be able to offer discounts and assistance. Email us for more details.

Itinerary

Travel to Belfast

It is recommended that you make early travel arrangements so that you arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon/evening allowing time to prep bikes, attend the ride HQ route briefing (8pm) and eat a big dinner – all before an early night to bed!

Accommodation
We have conveniently located hotel rooms near the start ride HQ included in our All-In packages but you can also choose to book your own nearby.

Briefing and Pre-ride Dinner

18:00 Your pre-booked meal (All-In riders only) is available from 6pm at the ride HQ, in Belfast Titanic Quarter Docks.

20:00 All Riders – At ride HQ there will be a short informal rider’s briefing from the CTS organisers to answer any questions and ensure the ride gets underway smoothly at sunrise.

Attendance at the briefing is recommended even if you are not staying or eating at the ride HQ, as it is a great opportunity to meet with your fellow riders and organise groups for the ride start the following morning.

Ride Day

04:15 Bag Van opens for booked rider’s luggage.

04:30 Riders assemble at the Start line. SIGN-ON via SMS by texting a Start Code given out for riders.

04:46 Official Sunrise time, Riders Depart!

05:00 Any support vehicles to leave after riders have cleared.

Mid-day (approx) Riders must stop and SIGN-IN at the designated lunch venue, food and supplies available to purchase (or inc within RidePlus+ & All-In registrations).

19-23:00 Riders SIGN-IN and gather at the Finish line venue HQ. Drinks and hot food are available throughout the evening (inc with RidePlus+ / All-In packages). So please stick around to cheer and celebrate as your fellow riders come in around sunset. Bag Van will be available for luggage collection at the finish line venue.

22:13 Official Sunset time. Cheer the final riders reaching the last ray of sunset, and celebrate the longest day on two wheels, did you make it this year?

Return travel from Enniscrone

Riders are to arrange their own travel arrangements homewards. Those with All-Inclusive packages can enjoy a well-earned late breakfast on Sunday morning.

Subject to demand, we do offer a Sunday return transfer minibus service for people and bikes, from Enniscrone back to Belfast Docks start carpark. This must be booked in advance, for more information view our travel partners page.

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s a ride, not a race.
It’s a physical, mental and navigational challenge.
Chase the Sun is an annual ride from East to West coasts on the longest Saturday of the year. It’s a ride of over 200 miles. It is tough but achievable for an average committed cyclist—if they have put in the training! The objective is to get to the coastal finish before the sun sets.

Your participation in these events is based on the condition of you accepting responsibility for your own safety and should you have a mechanical issue that can’t be resolved, your own recovery.

We always run Chase the Sun on the longest Saturday of the year, mid-summer weekend in June. We start at Sunrise, (generally around 04:30ish) and aim to finish by Sunset, (around 22:00ish)… times vary slightly with location.

We start at the Spanish City Plaza, outside Premier Inn Hotel, Promenade, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. There will be organisers there to assist you on the day.

Riders should arrive at the startline well before sunset, to fulfil the ride SIGN-ON which is by SMS text including a start code provided on the day.

Yes. There is a .gpx file for downloading to your bike computer and there are map sheets, but there are no route signs. This is not just a physical and mental challenge, it’s a navigational one, too.

You will only find out by trying. Many people don’t make it. Some people make it—but after the sun has set. Some people make it hours after the sun has set. They all tried. Put the miles in and go for it—just do the training first!

We have had all sorts of riders, from commuters to elite athletes, complete Chase the Sun on all sorts of bikes, Fixies, 29er MTB’s, Tandem and a Fat Bike.

Theres no competitive element, other than your own personal challenge to Chase the Sun, so if you wish you can take on the longest day upon your E-Bike.

The adventure is in the journey, whether or not you achieve the satisfaction of seeing the sunset. It will be memorable either way!

One suggestion is to join a local cycling group. Most of them will have a group that will suit your speed. Doing this will almost certainly help your group riding skills and build your confidence.

If you don’t fancy it, don’t worry, there are plenty of people riding Chase the Sun solo—you are bound to strike up a conversation with plenty of other riders—it helps the miles go by.

If you do find yourself riding in a group, just please be aware, and courteous and communicate with other riders around you.

We have selected a route of the best cycling roads and created an experience full of stunning views and vistas for you, a challenge that will inspire you when pedalling the longest day.

We seek the quieter backroads and lanes wherever possible, trying to minimise the time spent negotiating traffic. Of course however, this is double-century ride, and an epic journey from coast to coast, so there is a variety of roads, towns, cities and villages to pass through, with some busier stretches of road where extra care and attention should be required.

No. You can ride anything you want but we do recommend that you have it serviced and that its well-maintained before you start. It’s a tough event, bad maintenance can make it tougher.

That’s up to you to get sorted. Obviously, as for every ride, you should carry a spare inner-tube and the tools to repair a puncture. For more complex problems, there will be either a helpful rider that will assist, or you can see if you can get a taxi or supporters lift to the next bike shop on the route. They will do their best to get you running again and get you on your way.

That’s up to you. Belfast and the Titanic Quarter docks area around the start location is well served by public transport links. Some riders ride to the event. Some riders drive down with a loved one/friend who will be their support team for the ride longest day.

We offer a designated official Bag Transfer service to transport your (small) bag from start to finish, ensuring it is there waiting for you on your arrival at the finish line. This service is included for you within some registration packages. Subject to capacity, it may also be available to pre book separately. Refer to our travel partners page.

Note: All baggage is deposited at owners risk. No responsibility for loss or damage is accepted.

This is up to you, we offer convenient hotel accommodation located at the start-line for maximum comfort and convenience included in our All-In packages but you can also choose to book your own. There are literally dozens of places to stay around Belfast centre.

This is up to you, we offer premium 4-star hotel accommodation located at the finish-line where you can relax, eat and drink on arrival for maximum comfort and convenience included in our All-In packages but you can also choose to book your own.

There are other hotels and number of local B&B’s nearby. If you have the time, spend an extra night in the town to relax and sightsee along the Atlantic coast, it makes the cyclists more welcome and that in return helps the ride as a whole.

We now offer a range of registration options to suit different rider’s budgets. All focus on providing great value and services. Chase the Sun is a small independent organisation, supported by partners, donations and by your participation as riders. Many volunteers work hard to produce these epic events for your enjoyment and inspiration to ride.

Click here to see our range of Registration Options including our ‘All-In accommodation packages’ where we organise everything for you! Check them out!

The finish is 200+ miles from the start, The Horizon Hotel, (with a restaurant & bar), Esplanade, Ayr KA9 1DT.

Riders must SIGN-IN to register they have finished either before or after sunset, again by SMS text with evidence of the finish code provided on the day.

Yes, once you have registered to ride you will then in future be emailed a link (closer to the date of the ride) to be able to access all the finalised downloadable content for the ride. This is usually released in the late spring.

That’s entirely up to you. Good advice is to make sure that between 2 or 3 weeks before you have ridden at least 2/3rds of the total distance, (130 miles). The adrenaline on the day should help you ride the rest of the way. There is further advice about training here:

The honest answer is it is hilly in places, yes. It’s all part of the challenge. The route has been planned to take in the best cycling roads, with the dramatic views too, so where there are hills these are worth it! Remember, what goes up, then comes down again! There is plenty of respite between hills, and places to stop for a breather along the way.

There is only one ‘official’ stop, that’s at the halfway point, riders must again SIGN-IN by SMS using the lunch stop code provided on the signage banners. The lunch stop location will be confirmed in the issue of the route book guide a few weeks before the event. location TBC, (postcode).

This is the official Lunch stop, where you will also be able to make use of the cafe to grab some lunch as the friendly team opens up the kitchen with a special quick grab & eat menu for riders on the day.

No. This is a ‘do it yourself’ ride. The popular approach is to feed and water yourself as you go. We do have a bunch of great bike shops that will help you along the way, some of them with cakes and coffee, most will provide you with technical support too. There are plenty of general shops marked on the route, too.

You can arrange your own support from friends or family, (if you want/need it). If you are looking for collaboration with other riders, use the Facebook page to speak to other riders and arrange it between yourselves. Trust us, this works—it has done for over 10 years!

Important: Please note that for all riders’ safety, any support vehicles must not drive along the route, and use alternative roads to reach mapped checkpoints.

We require riders to come adequately and safely prepared for undertaking the event. It is dark in the lead-up to the start, lights are recommended for the early daybreak hours. Hopefully, you may not need them at the end as you hope to be arriving before sunset, however, it’s always best to carry a set just in case! Don’t forget that you are responsible for your own safety and welfare—we can just advise.

Again, that’s up to you. Some riders will ride home, (seriously)! A few riders may head straight home from the finish. Most riders have booked a hotel for the night in Ayr and then go home the following day.

Depending on demand, our logistics partner will be offering a return transfer minibus/coach service for riders and bikes from Ayr back to Whitley Bay. This will run on Sunday morning. Refer toour travel partners page.

Yes – Long term Parking at Belfast docks is available, subject to capacity, please ask at the event HQ on Friday evening for details. It will cover you from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, (and the return of the minibus – see above).

It’s a ride, not a race. So no one knows, and we don’t care. It’s not about speed, its about experience. Those riders and groups who only ‘just’ make it in time to see the sunset are the days winners, who have the best memories to celebrate.

Everyone gets a record. If you get there before sunset, you will get your name on the list of achievers on the website. If you get there after sunset, you will get your name on the finishers list. If you don’t finish this time, you will get your endeavours recognised for valiant attempts. It’s about challenge, achievement and a sense of camaraderie, it’s not about racing.

Chase the Sun was originally an idea ridden by Olly Moore back in 2008. Olly still directs and organises the CTS events, helped by Phil Webb. Our ride location teams on the ground include reps and several dedicated volunteers. We are indebted to Simon Steggles, Adam Cartwright, Richard Cartwright, and Ian Slack for all their enthusiasm and efforts over the years. All love cycling. All are inspired to help others Chase The Sun. Thankyou.

If you would like to volunteer to help with a Chase The Sun event or service, then please do get in touch by email at chasethesun.org@gmail.com

Yes and we encourage all those interested in the ride to like and share to help spread the word about CTS.
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Please hashtag #ChaseTheSunCycle in all posts.

The more posts, Tweets, Images we get out there, the more people can find out about the ride, which means that even more people will get an opportunity to train, enjoy and achieve the Chase the Sun feeling.

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