The Blackstairs Cycling Challenge is dedicated to Eoghan and Ruairí Chada and supports our local School & GAA Club, Jack and Jill Children's Foundation and Down Syndrome Ireland



The Blackstairs Cycling Challenge is a cycle sportive which takes place in Ballinkillen, Co. Carlow. It is dedicated to the memory of Eoghan and Ruairí Chada, our two friends who are dearly missed and always in our thoughts.


It is a great day of cycling through beautiful Inistioge, Graiguenamanagh, Borris, Kiltealy, Bunclody and Mt. Leinster in the Blackstairs Mountains.


This year's event takes place on Sunday April 21st 2024. All routes start and finish in Ballinkillen (See link below to find us on  google maps).


All proceeds will be divided three ways:

  1. Ballinkillen Primary School
  2. Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling & Camogie Club
  3. Jack & Jill Foundation/Down Syndrome Ireland

There are 5 routes to choose from, catering for all categories of cyclists: 140km, 110km, 80km, 50km and 12km.


All routes will be fully signposted and junctions marshalled, and there will be backup available for anyone requiring technical assistance, provided by Walter Coleman of Coleman Cycles, Carlow.


Tea and scones/brown bread  will be served from 7:30am for all the early birds and there will be HOT FOOD for all cyclists at the finish line in Ballinkillen. Borris Vocational School hosts the main food stop for each of the 140km, 110km, 80km and 50km routes, where there will be tea/ coffee and sandwiches/cakes/scones.


There will be goodie bags for children who have been registered online for the 12km route.


Numbers are limited so register online to avoid disappointment.


Note:- For health & safety:

Helmets are compulsory - no helmet, no cycle

  • No childrens' tricycles or bikes with stabilizers allowed
  • Children must be a minimum of 4 years for the 12km route, 14 years for the 50km route and 16 years for the 3 longer routes
  • An adult must accompany and be responsible for any children under 16 years (applies to all routes)
  • For anyone not registering online please see Entry Form and Waiver on the  Registration page. To save time on the morning please download this form and have it filled out before you arrive.





Thanks to all our Sponsors: