Show St Patrick’s Hill who’s boss!
Think Cork’s too hilly for cycling? Think again! E-Bike technology flattens our city and makes every hill doable – even for occasional cyclists.
On 15 June the great and good, and the young and old (and everyone in-between) of Cork will get the chance to try riding e-bikes up St Patrick’s Hill. That’s right, they’ll Take on Pat! St Patrick’s Hill isn’t just any hill. Cork’s iconic hill has a maximum gradient of 23% right in the heart of the city. Even the toughest professional cyclists on the Tour of Ireland find it a formidable test. What hope is there for the rest of us?
But an e-bike can take on even the steepest hill. This Bike Week event shows that e-bike technology makes cycling a realistic and attractive mode of travel for ordinary folk – even for those facing exceptionally hilly routes or long commutes. That describes a lot of travel around Cork. Cork lies in the Lee’s glacial valley, and parts of the city rise about 150 m above the river. (That’s three times higher than Niagra falls or as tall as a 50 story building.) And Cork’s metropolitan area is really spread out, with many people travelling long distances to get to work. E-bikes can make hilly and long journeys a lot easier, facilitating sustainable travel in Cork and similar locations.
The Lord Mayor, Tony Fitzgerald, and other dignitaries and well-known locals will take on the challenge of cycling up St Patrick’s Hill. We’ll also have an octogenarian and one or two secondary school-aged children. And we’ll also see how sports cyclists fare in tackling this formidable challenge.
Perhaps you’d like to join? We’re looking for a few more people to Take on Pat! If you want to take up the Challenge, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spectators at the event are most welcome!
WHERE: MacCurtain Street at the bottom of St Patrick’s Hill
WHEN: 10:00 Friday 15 June 2018