RevUp is an annual charity motorcycle challenge in aid of various local and national
charities. While the event was originally set up to support Down Syndrome Ireland for
the last number of years the event has supported a variety of different causes.
It all started back in 2005 when two kindred spirits, Michael McCormick and Aidan
Lynam, met. Both are Dads to young girls born with Down Syndrome, Megan and
Robyn respectively, and both are keen motorcyclists. Michael was looking to run a
motorcycle event for DSI and Aidan was thinking along similar lines. So after a fairly
brief but enthusiastic meeting Rev-up was born.
At the outset the hope was for 50 bikes, each raising €1,000 which would have been
fantastic. Little did they know then exactly how big or how fast the event would grow!
In May 2006 the inaugural event set off from Joe Duffy’s BMW dealership with 94
bikes taking part, about half of which were carrying pillions and all were bedecked in
shirts, badges and stickers. That run raised in excess of €200,000 at the first attempt
was an absolutely astounding achievement by all the participants and truly humbled
all who were involved.
The event continues to grow in size since its humble beginnings and has now firmly
stamped itself into the Irish motorcycling calendar as one of the premier charity
events. The event works as a navigation exercise with the initial points to ride to
being given out in Finglas at the start of the first day. You simply follow the
instructions and ride to the first checkpoint where you get the second set of
instructions and so on. The great thing about doing it this way is that you get to leave
when you want and ride at the pace you enjoy and in a group you’re happy to ride
We hope to see you all on the road in May!