RevUp is an annual charity motorcycle challenge in aid of various local and national charities. Until 2017, the event was known as RevUp4DSI and was solely in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland (DSI). Following a decision by DSI in 2017 to no longer run RevUp4DSI, the event was taken on privately by the team of volunteers who had been helping to run it in the last number of years.
It all started 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 (CEO of DSI at the time) was looking to run a motorcycle event for DSI and Aidan (managing a bar at the time) 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 in tow, about half of whom were carrying pillions and all were bedecked in DSI shirts, badges and stickers. Raising 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 biking calendar as one of the Premier charity events.
We hope to see you all on the road in May!