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posted 20 Aug 2018, 09:08 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 19th August 2018)   
Da Cooley Thriller peddled off on Saturday 11th of August, with two Lakeside Wheelers in the field; Paul Crowley and Peter Rimmer. Da Thriller is set in the Cooley Mountains just outside Carlingford, Co. Louth.

The 52km route took riders on a complete traverse of the Cooley Mountains taking in some of the famous Táin Trail. The majority of the route was on forest tracks on to some roller coaster natural single trails once navigated by the bould Cuchulainn himself, the name sake of the Dundalk based cycling club running the event. 

The start of the race was a loop of Carlingford village and then we were let loose onto trails known to local riders as, The Devil’s Elbow, Aidens Canyon, Skull Alley, and Goylin Pass. The first half of the race was bathed in golden late summer sun. However that was replaced at about the half way point by mist and rain which obscured the spectacular views of Carlingford Lough which had been a feature of the early part of the race. 

Towards the end of the circuit as Pete descended from Slieve Foyle on one of the trickier sections his front tyre slipped resulting in him being thrown over the handlebars. No one saw poor Pete’s spectacular crash so all he could do was dust himself off, refill his tyre and get back on the bike to complete the last 2km. This saw Pete returning to the finish line about five minutes behind Paul but he had a great story to tell!

Well done to both of the lads for completing this challenging event in just under four hours.

Pete Rimmer (L) and Paul Crowley (R) at the start of Da Cooley Thriller last weekend.
Pete Rimmer (L) and Paul Crowley (R) at the start of Da Cooley Thriller last weekend.