Irish speed dating
” Cruising out of the car park onto the open road in pairs, it was time to put it to the test.
Just like regular speed dating, each “date” lasted a few minutes before a whistle sounded, prompting the male cyclist at the front to drop to the back giving everyone a new cycling buddy.
Breezing into Avon Rí Lakeshore Resort on a scorching Saturday morning, I wondered if it was too late to back-pedal.
Sucking in my own spare tyre, I posed for a snap to help others remember who they clicked with on the cycle, and who just grinded their gears, and hoped for the best.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that ‘velo’ is an anagram of ‘love’ to begin with.
“Škoda have been doing cycling events now for seven years,” tells Ray Leddy, head of marketing at Škoda Ireland.“Over the years, we know of at least six marriages that have occurred as a result of people actually attending our events and coming for a drink afterwards.“So we thought why not just do a special event that revolves around cycling and brings single people together.“We weren’t actually trying to bring single people together before and we got six marriages out of it – what could happen if we tried?
They're a sign of being 'mothered' too much and are far from desirable.
Specialised dating sites and events are becoming more and more popular, as Deirdre Reynolds discovered when she signed up for Ireland’s first ever ‘speed dating cycle’.