It’s time once again for cyclists across Northern Ireland to get into gear for the annual Granite Challenge, a 55-mile charity cycle through the beautiful Mourne Mountains, raising funds for Action Mental Health (AMH), on Sunday, October 7.
All funds raised will be used to support the AMH Men’s Shed in Downpatrick, a social hub and support network which caters for men over 50. The Men’s Shed provides a relaxed and friendly environment where men can build new friendships while sharing skills and learning new ones, from horticulture, joinery, photography, arts and crafts to IT and cooking – every Men’s Shed is led by the needs and skills of its ‘shedders’.
The picturesque Granite Challenge route wheels out from AMH New Horizons, in the cathedral town of Downpatrick, before snaking its way through Tyrella and Dundrum. The route then follows coastal roads through Newcastle, towards Annalong at the foot of the Mournes. The riders then commence their ascent through the Mournes past Silent Valley, climbing to Spelga Dam. From there, it’s downhill toward home, through the pretty village of Bryansford, then Maghera and Clough and finally back to Downpatrick.