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Annual fundraising initiative for Down Syndrome Ireland launched by Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness

John McGuinness, 21-time Isle of Man TT winner, recently launched Down Syndrome Ireland’s annual motorcycle challenge ‘Rev-up4DSI’.

The “Morecambe Missile” was in Dublin for the Irish Motorbike Show in the RDS. Rev-up4DSI is an annual motorcycle challenge that takes place on the May bank holiday weekend (2nd-4th) and this year will see the event celebrate its tenth Birthday. McGuinness also drew the winning raffle tickets on the Rev-up4DSI stand: 1st prize; trip for two to the Valencia Moto GP, sponsored by Pole Position Mike Moran. 2nd prize: Large, signed Marc Marcquez canvas: Stefan Barnes.

Founded by a pair of keen motorcyclists, both of whom have daughters born with Down Syndrome, Rev-up4DSI has raised in excess of €1.5million of much needed funds for Down Syndrome Ireland to date.

The event is a mystery tour with only the organisers knowing where the base for the weekend will be and indeed the route that will take the participants to it. This all adds to the craic and camaraderie on the road.

Each participant must raise a minimum of €500 to participate in the 3 day event but accomodation and meals are included. For further information log on to email or call 01 4266500.

It doesn’t feel like ten years since the first Rev-up conversations took place but on May 2nd 2015, the tenth Rev-up4DSI will get underway!

The venue has been chosen and the routes are now mapped, the scouting crew have yet to ride them but that will be done well in advance of the event itself. Apparently the routes are very scenic!

In the ten years that the event has been running the two little girls who started it all (Megan & Robyn) have grown up and Megan is now in secondary school whilst Robyn is in mainstream primary school. Many changes have taken place in the education system that has afforded children with DS better access to education but many more still need to take place to give them a more level playing field such as automatic access to resource hours. These are issues that DSI and our parents are still lobbying the government to try and have them resolved in favour of our members.

As I said, lots has changed in the past 10 years for our members but there are still mountains to be climbed in order for all persons born with Down syndrome in Ireland to be given a fairer crack of the whip in terms of Education, Health, Independent Living in order so that they can play a fuller role in society. DSI will continue to lobby for these basic rights for our members but they need your help to do so, so please join us on what is always a superb weekend of biking on some of the most scenic routes on our little island.

For further info call 01-4266500 or email

Rev-up4DSI 2014

September 25th, 2013 No Comments

Hotels are being checked and routes are being plotted, that can mean only one thing….Rev-up4DSI is coming around again!

Dates for the ninth annual Rev-up4DSI are May 3rd-5th and registrations are coming in already so make sure you don’t miss out on one of Ireland’s premier biking weekends.

BMW Motorrad Ireland, Bridgestone, Pole Position Travel, DHL, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Bike Buyers Guide, Road Racing Ireland and Sunday World are already confirmed as sponsors with more to confirm in the coming weeks. If you or your company would like to join this prestigious line-up please drop us a line or call 01 4266500

The 2013 gallery and review have been posted as well as a short video, all of which can be selected in the menu at the side.

Thanks in advance for your support.

‘Share the Journey’

Mr Alan McCaffrey put this wee video together to capture a flavour of the 2012 event…enjoy!

On Saturday May 4th 2013, the 8th annual Rev-up4DSI motorcycle challenge in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland will depart Joe Duffy BMW in Dublin, bound for ‘destination unknown’ …..unknown to the participants that is!

We have found a great venue for 2013 that we are certain will meet with the participants approval, and as for the routes, well you will just have to join us on the trip to find out what the ’scouting party’ have come up with but we are reliably informed that they are ‘awesome!’

Registration is now underway for the event and it seems we will have quite a lot of new (new to Rev-up4DSI) riders as well as a lot of the regular crew along for the ride, not to mention that we will have riders making the trip from Scotland, France, USA and some of the UK’s motorcycling media in attendance too.

BMW Motorrad, Bridgestone, Pole Position, Ordnance Survey Ireland and RPM Cycles are all continuing their support of the event alongside our media partners Sunday World,  Bike Buyers Guide and Road Racing Ireland and we are most grateful for their support.

Feel free to drop us a line at if you have any queries or call 00353-(0)1-4266500. You can also keep up to date with all things ‘Rev-up4DSI’ by following us on Twitter @Revup4DSI or on Facebook ‘2013 Rev Up 4DSI’

We look forward to ‘Sharing the Journey’ with you all in May.

On Friday 4th November at silly o’clock, the two 2011  Rev-up4DSI prize winners Willie Purcell and Joe Swords flew out to the final Moto GP of the year in Valencia, Spain. As per previous year’s, Gordon Howell from Pole Position Travel sponsored the winners’ prizes of a full VIP weekend, with paddock and pit access thrown in!

The Friday night is always the opening night party with an auction of signed merchandise, the proceeds of which go to Down Syndrome Ireland. For 2011 the DSI crew were joined by BBC’s Matt Roberts, Red Dwarf’s Danny John Jules and ex-racer Steve Keys collectively and better known as the ‘Viva Valencia’ crew. The three lads had ridden all the way from London on R1’s to raise money for ‘Riders for Health’ and had brought some goodies to strengthen the auction. Some of the lots already up for grabs included a trackday onboard a Moto2 bike (bike value is €100,000) courtesy of Kevin Coughlan and his manager Angus which went for €2,000, a signed Valentino Rossi helmet courtesy of Bridgestone Ireland and Moto-Direct which fetched €1,400, and some Marco Simoncelli items courtesy of Gordon himself. As usual, the free bar went down a storm and enticed some to loosen their ‘purse’ strings considerably, resulting in the final figure raised being in excess of €11,000 which shall be divided between the two very worthy causes.

Saturday morning saw the PPT gang bussed to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit to watch qualifying. Willie and Joe being VIP guests got to watch the action from the inner sanctum of the VIP Village where they were literally waited on hand and foot for the day. With qualifying over, and after dinner in the town, ‘one or two’ beers were had, to aid with sleep of course!

Race day saw the ‘Dynamic Duo’ ensconced in the VIP Village once again and with a cold wind and some showers forecast, they were glad of their new found celebrity status. After Kevin Schwantz had led the lap of honour in memory of Marco Simoncelli, the greatest Moto GP Champion that never was, the huge crowds got to pay their respects with two minutes of noise, which left very few dry eyes around the amphitheatre like stadium. In the races themselves all three classes threw up great racing, but noone will ever forget Casey Stoner’s last gasp move on Texan Ben Spies to take the win in the Premier Class, not to mention Alvaro Bautista’s ‘off’ that took out Rossi, Nicky Hayden and Randy DePuniet!

A late night was followed by a leisurely breakfast and a wander through the older section of Valencia with its recently renovated Bullring and the Estacio del Nord. This part of Valencia with its narrow streets and cafe’s is in stark contrast to the newer  section with its ultra-modern Opera House, Arts Centre and F1 street circuit, but they seem to co-exist quite well.

An uneventful evening flight from Barcelona saw all home safely and already planning for the 2012 event.

Will Rossi get the Ducati on the top step? Will the CRT bikes become competitive? Will the cardboard Gorilla be returned to the hotel? For the answers to these questions and more, come to Valencia in 2012!

Huge thanks to Gordon and the Pole Position Travel team and to all who donated items to the auction or dug deep on the night to buy them.

Photo’s from the weekend:

For 2012, Tayto Park, Bridgestone Ireland, Shark Helmets, RPM Motorcycles Drogheda, The Irish Sun and the Gypsy Rose Rock & Blues Club Dublin have added their weight to Down Syndrome Ireland’s cause.

They will be joined by long term supporters BMW Motorrad Ireland, Pole Position, Ordnance Survey Ireland, Carole Nash, the Sunday World, Road Racing Ireland and Bike Buyers Guide.

Huge thanks to all the above for their ongoing support of Down Syndrome Ireland and its Rev-up4DSI camapign.

Rev-up4DSI 2012.

June 1st, 2011 No Comments

Rev-up4DSI 2012 takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend (Sat May 5th-Mon May 7th 2012)) with all participants leaving Joe Duffy’s BMW dealership on the Saturday in small groups between 8am and 10am heading for destination unknown (to the participants that is!).

Each participant will cover approximately 1,000km over the course of 3 days before returning to Dublin on the Monday Evening.

As per normal we won’t be divulging the routes prior to departure but having scouted the full route recently, we can promise you stunning scenery, a fabulous Hotel and more than enough corners to give you the ‘bends’.

To date the event has raised in excess of €1,100,000 in much needed funds for the organisation.

If you are interested in participating in what has become one of Ireland’s premier biking events, please go to the registration page on this site, drop Aidan an email at or call 01 4266500.

We look forward to meeting you all again in 2012.

Share the Journey.

As per previous years, Rev-up4DSI took a stall at the Carole Nash Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show in the RDS, Dublin. The show itself ran over the weekend of 4th-6th March and from early on Friday it was patently obvious that the show was going to be a success!

With a massive amount of pre-show publicity on TV, Radio and mainstream printed press, not to mention the biking press, the crowds queued outside the RDS long before the 3pm opening time on Friday and this set the precedent for the weekend!

The DSI stall was as ever manned by our Rev-up’ volunteers, who never cease to amaze us with the levels of their enthusiasm and generosity, huge thanks to them one and all. Our raffle, kindly sponsored by AKB Moto Distributors (Schuberth Helmets) and Nevis Marketing (Shark Helmets) was due to take place on Sunday evening but due to the demand for tickets we had Yamaha World Superbike rider & DSI Ambassador, Eugene Laverty draw the winning tickets on Saturday. The winner of the Schuberth SR1 helmet was a Ger Brennan and the Shark Vision-R was won by a Philip Kelly, congrats to both.

With the raffle finished we were in somewhat of a conundum as to what to do on Sunday, but within minutes Gilbert from Carole Nash Insurance stepped into the breech, donating a €250 insurance voucher to raffle. AKB were not to be outdone and duly produced a Ferrari open face helmet to add to the list and then in a show of amazing generosity, Philip Kelly phoned to re-donate the Shark Helmet!

So on Sunday morning, with the crowds thronging the halls of the RDS once more, the Rev-up’ crew set up their stall with raffle tickets, hoodies, t-shirts, hats, mugs and basically anything else you could put a logo on and did their utmost to put Del & Rodney to shame! The expression ’selling sand to the Arabs’ just wouldn’t do these guys & gals justice! Eugene Laverty once again gave very generously of his limited time to stand on our stall and quite frankly DSI could not wish for a better Ambassador for the cause, his name alone drew the crowds in their droves to the awaiting ‘Sales Team’! Eugene also accepted a cheque on behalf of DSI for almost €4,000 from Mark Ennis and Tom Dolan, the proceeds of the second annual ‘Dyno Day4DSI’ fundraising event which was held in O’Neill’s Motorcycle’s, Tralee. Within hours all that was left was a lonely pair of t-shirts so TT winner Michael ‘Maverick’ Dunlop was called upon to draw the winning tickets. Lora O’Brien won the Shark Vision-R, Wesley Regan won the Carole Nash voucher and Paul Flynn won the Ferrari Helmet.

With nothing left but the aforementioned t-shirts and a pair of tables that we half expected the team to sell such was their sales pitch, all that was left  to do was to reflect on a fantasticly successful weekend for DSI in terms of awareness and of course funds raised with over €4,000 added to the coffers. Huge thanks to the Irish Motorbike & Scooter Show for their support of Rev-up4DSI 2011, AKB, Nevis & Carole Nash for the prizes, Eugene & Pippa for their ongoing support of our cause, Michael Dunlop and most of all to our volunteers and the show going public who gave so generously.

See you at the ‘Show’ in 2013!

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On tour with the ‘Irish Invasion’

On Friday 5th November, the motley crew assembled at check in at Dublin Airport for the flight to Barcelona. Amongst our number was special guest for the weekend and double Isle of Man TT winner, Ryan Farquhar who had taken time out of his busy schedule to help promote DSI on foreign shores.

After an uneventful flight we were met at Barcelona Airport by our Pole Position Travel representative, Patrick, who had our air conditioned coach waiting for us.  On the four hour drive (including a 1/2 hour pit stop) Ryan and fellow road racer Andy Farrell kept the 25+ ‘Invasion’ entertained with tales of daring do between the Irish hedgerows and indeed in the various paddocks that they have have called ‘home’ over the years!

Once settled into our hotel (the Ibis) and after a brief wander around the old town, with a mandatory beer & pizza stop (when in Rome …Valencia) it was time for the PPT opening night party. Every year for the past four years, Gordon Howell (MD of PPT) has hosted a charity auction in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland and this year Gordon and his team had yet again pulled out all the stops with lots on offer from Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo to name but a few. We had also brought along some lots from the road racing scene that included Keith Amor’s TT boots and HM Plant Honda shirt. 

After brief introductory speeches from Gordon and yours truly, Ryan took to the stage for a Q&A session that proved very popular with the guests who came from as far a field as Australia, USA and Germany. This was then followed by the auction which raised in excess of €5,500 which will go towards DSI’s on going work on behalf of it’s members and their families. Extra thanks must go to 125GP rider Danny Webb who quite literally auctioned the shirt off his back!

On Saturday morning it was back on the coach for the short journey to the circuit which is situated close to the town of Cheste. The ‘Invasion’ all had tickets for the grandstand situated between turns one and two but Gordon had given me a VIP Village pass for the weekend so I made my way there with the rest of PPT’s VIP crew. PPT sponsor the main prize on Rev-up4DSI every year which is a VIP weekend for two in Valencia and this year’s winners were Ted & Pauline Courtney who chose to sight see on the Saturday so they generously gave their VIP passes to father & son, Ronnie and Aaron Sutcliffe who needless to say were delighted, Aaron was doubly delighted when he got to meet Mark Marquez, Scott Redding and Bradley Smith on a guided paddock walk later in the day!  With chef’s on hand and waiting staff parading around with trays of refreshing drinks all day, VIP truly means VIP when you travel with PPT!  After a pit walk where we got to get up close and personal with the bikes, we made our way to the VIP grandstand which is quite literally three metres from the bikes as they turn in to the first corner, a fantastic vantage point to watch qualifying from!

After Qualifying we met up with the rest of the gang for the coach trip back to the hotel. The others were raving about their grandstand seats and the view it afforded them so I chose to swap my VIP Pass for a grandstand ticket with Ryan to see what what all the fuss was about.

Saturday evening saw us left to our own devices so we all jumped in to Taxi’s for the short hop in to the Old Town for dinner and the obligatory beer or two.

On Sunday morning, after the brief coach trip, we once again found ourselves at the circuit but this time it was race day and with strong Spanish interest in all the Championship’s, we guessed we were in for a spectacular day’s entertainment!  After making our way to the grandstand I found out what the lads had been talking about! When it comes to Moto GP as in everything in life, it is always best to use local knowledge and PPT utilise every tool in the box when it comes to looking after their guests! Not only were we perched overlooking turn two but we were also afforded a cracking view of turn’s one and three, and to add to the specatcle we also had a huge screen opposite us allowing us to keep up to date with the happenings on track. With Mark Marquez winning the 125cc Championship and Lorenzo winning the Moto GP race, the local crowds were in festive mood and it made for a fantastic atmosphere all around the circuit.

Sunday night once again saw us back in the old town for dinner and beers and with no early start on the Monday morning everyone got to let their hair down, some let their hair down so much they struggled to find it again the next morning!

After the coach trip back to Barcelona and an uneventful flight back to Dublin, all that was left for us to do was to say our goodbyes, but to a man (& woman), all said they would do it again in 2011 which I think speaks volumes for the hospitality shown to us and indeed the slick organisation that PPT is.

Pole Position Travels motto is ‘Nothing beats being there’ and having ‘been’ there, I can only echo that sentiment!

Aidan Lynam. DSI.

Contact Revup4dsi on 01 426 6525 or email

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