The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally
Aug 24 2019 - Aug 25 2019
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The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2019 - Meandering Monks & Medieval Miles.
Discovering the hidden history and heritage of Ireland, on High Nelly bicycles, following in the 'wheelrims' of William Bulfin (1863-1910).
William Bulfin is the inspiration behind our yearly Heritage Cycle. In the early 1900's he toured Ireland on his trusty steel framed bicycle, made by Pierce of Wexford. He later published the book 'Rambles In Eirinn' in which he recounted his fascinating journey through the Irish countryside.
In previous years the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally has followed some of the routes, as outlined in the remarkable book, through Offaly, Laois, Kilkenny and Tipperary.
In 2018 we mapped our own route, concentrating on the history and heritage of Co. Laois, taking in such wonderful places as the Irish Fly Fishing & Game Shooting Museum, Heywood Gardens, Timahoe Round Tower & Heritage Centre, Emo Court and the magnificent Rock of Dunamase, to mention but a few!
We travel in vintage attire, on High Nelly bikes, and our journey is punctuated by heritage site visits, heritage talks, historical re-enactments, music and food; so ours is a gentle paced leisure cycle, despite the odd difficult hill!
It’s about parking the mountain bike, the 24 gears, the carbon fibre, the racer, and mounting a bicycle from another era…something made of steel…maybe even something a little bit rusty! It’s about dressing up for Ancient Ireland, sharing our heritage in the company of the overseas guests, that regularly join us, and generally enjoying the Craic. Whether you cycle on an old time butcher’s bike, a restored High Nelly charmer, with a stylish wicker basket, a 40’s or 50’s Raleigh, or a modern replica, it doesn’t matter. What does matter, is that you get involved in a novel heritage event where cycling is only part of the fun.
The theme for The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2019, is 'Meandering Monks & Medieval Miles' and we will forge a trail through Ireland's rich monastic and medieval history. So if you are interested in cycling, history, heritage or just having a wonderful fun filled, couple of days, The Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally, really is for you! It is a leisurely cycle, along a route that promises to be full of hidden history, and heritage site visits, so chalk it down on the calendar - August 24th & 25th 2019!
And remember - All You Need Is A Bike!