John Treacy, Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council was in Sligo on Monday night last to launch the An Post Tour of Sligo 2013 at the Glasshouse Hotel. Despite the inclement weather a large crowd was in attendance from the cycling and voluntary community. Mr Treacy spoke of the very enjoyable experience he had taking part in the 60k Tour of Lough Gill in 2012 event and he encouraged people of all ages to get on their bike and be part of the An Post Tour of Sligo 2013.
The Tour is scheduled to take place on the May Bank Holiday weekend. A Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday 4th May which will include the 10km Spin for All, 2km Bike Trail and lots of cycling side shows and entertainment. On Sunday 5th May the more experienced cyclists will have three events to choose from including the 60km Lough Gill Circuit, the 100km Innisfree Tour and the 160km Ox Mountain Challenge.
Speakers on the launch included Lord Mayor Cllr. David Cawley, Maire Mc Callion Chairperson Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Peter Gillespie Retail Operations Manager West An Post, Bernie Butler Chairperson Failte Ireland North West and representatives from Innisfree Wheelers and Eire Og Cycling Clubs. Special guest on the night was Dr Donal Murray Consultant Physician/ Cardiologist Sligo Regional Hospital who spoke of his positive experience of cycling the 160k Ox Mountain Challenge in 2012 while also detailing the many health related benefits to be gained from cycling. In promoting the message of healthy nutrition for cyclists the An Post Tour of Sligo committee is delighted to welcome new sponsor Good 4 U on board for 2013 and all present at the launch received a complementary Good 4 U goody bag.
The An Post Tour of Sligo Committee is delighted to announce that Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital has been identified as the nominated charity for the event and all participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship for cardiac services at the hospital.
The event is part of An Post Cycle Series 2013 involving five recreational cycling events across the country between May and September with the series kicking off in Sligo and followed by events in Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork. The series is supported by An Post in a joint venture with the Irish Sports Council while locally the event is being co-ordinated by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership.
Further details on the An Post Tour of Sligo, and how to enter or become involved as a volunteer, is available here on our site or by contacting the SSRP office at 071 9161511.
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