Dash of the Derg: Electrifying Excitement on Two Wheels

Diarmaid McStay, Andrew Clifford, Stephen McManus, Mick Bissett, Dan Fisher with Sean Meally and Marc Crowe of Ei Electronics (title sponsor).

Exclusive Insights from Organisers Illuminate the Thrilling Charity Ride Along the Shores of Lough Derg.

Electric.ie recently had the opportunity to delve into the details of the highly anticipated Dash of the Derg, set to take place on September 20th, with the key organising committee. Stephen McManus, a dedicated cycling enthusiast and pivotal figure in event planning, expressed his enthusiasm for the forthcoming charity ride. With a fervent desire to make the event a recurring success, Stephen emphasised the collective passion for cycling within the committee and their commitment to supporting the Irish Electrical Benevolent Association (IEBA).

According to Stephen, the event’s inception predates the COVID-19 pandemic, initially conceived as a fundraiser for the IEBA. However, amidst the pandemic’s disruptions, plans were temporarily set aside. It was only after careful reconsideration, fueled by the committee’s dedication and the desire to unite the electrical industry through cycling, that the event was revitalised. With all proceeds earmarked for the IEBA, participants can anticipate an officially sanctioned Cycling Ireland event featuring meticulously planned routes, stunning landscapes, and a shared sense of camaraderie.

Transitioning to Diarmaid McStay, another integral member of the Committee, the conversation shifted towards participant preparations. Diarmaid stressed the importance of physical readiness for the 114km flat terrain route, alongside ensuring the proper maintenance of bicycles. He advised familiarising oneself with the designated routes and suggested essential supplies for the journey. Despite the organised rest stops and provisions along the way, Diarmaid emphasised the significance of individual enthusiasm and a positive mindset.

Mick Bissett, also part of the Committee, elaborated on the event’s community-centric ethos. Recognising the electrical industry as the heartbeat of the event, Mick highlighted the opportunity for cyclists to connect and support one another while fundraising for a vital cause. Encouraging camaraderie among participants and teams, Mick emphasised solidarity and mutual encouragement as central tenets of the event’s atmosphere.

Concluding the interview, Andrew Clifford, another dedicated member of the Committee, offered a compelling invitation to potential participants. Andrew underscored the meticulous organisation behind the event, the accessibility of the course, and the focus on safety. He urged both seasoned cyclists and newcomers alike to seize the opportunity, promising a memorable journey filled with camaraderie and accomplishment. With the finish line in Killaloe promising a celebratory atmosphere complete with medals, hot food and refreshments, Andrew extended a warm invitation to all to join in the experience on September 20th.

Event Sponsors: The event is generously supported by
Ei Electronics as the title sponsor, along with several Gold and Silver level sponsors from the industry, demonstrating widespread support for the cause.

Gold level Sponsors: City Electrical Factors, CJK Engineering, EWL Group, Fegime Ireland, Irish Electrical Buyers Group (IEBG), In2 Engineering, Ireland’s Electrical Magazine, Legrand, Lidacel, Reg Farrell Engineering, Richmond Electrical Wholesale, Robus, JV Tierney Consultant Engineers, Schneider Electric.

Silver Level Sponsors:Ethos Engineering, Fisher Paykel, Fusion 4 Quality, Mitchell McDermot, National Electrical Wholesalers, Profile Emergency Lighting,

To register your team or for company sponsorship opportunities please contact:
Stephen McManus on 086 6060677 Email:
irishelectricalcyclingclub@gmail.com
or visit the website for more information.

www.irisheba.ie/dash-of-the-derg/