The national launch of the 2016 An Post Cycle Series took place recently at which eight times All-Ireland winning hurler and former Kilkenny sharpshooter Richie Power was announced as an ambassador for the Sligo cycle. Richie Power recently retired from Kilkenny’s inter county setup is hoping that by taking to the saddle he’ll be able to keep active and maintain the levels of fitness he has shown throughout his career. “I’m retired now from senior inter county hurling due to an ongoing injury with my knee so cycling is the perfect fit for me. I’ve always seen the bike as a good way to keep fit and any time I’ve gone for cycles, I’ve really enjoyed them. It’s a great way of getting out in to the fresh air with your friends and I’m looking forward to just giving it a go and trying something new.” He added “I’m delighted to be an ambassador for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo and I encourage people of all ages and cycling experience to start training for the first event of the 2016 An Post Cycle Series in Sligo”. The hurling legend will be in Sligo on Saturday 30th April for the Family Fun Day and is looking forward to cycling the 10k Hazelwood Spin.
Cyclists with all levels of experience will be catered for with events on Sunday 1st May over 60k/ 100k/ 160k taking place, while families and newcomers to cycling can participate in the 10k on Saturday 30th April and also enjoy the Family Fun Day and 2k Bike Trail.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the charity nominated for the event this year and will be actively involved in facilitating the food stops for the cycle.
All cyclists will receive a specially designed light weight cycling jacket and hot meal at the end while en route, good signage, friendly marshalling, mechanical back up and quality food and water stops are guaranteed. A record 2,500 people took part in the 2015 An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo with cyclists from all over Ireland including many visiting cyclists converging in Sligo for the weekend.
The An Post Cycle Series, supported by An Post, Sport Ireland and Local Sports Partnerships, encourages people of all fitness levels to get physically active by getting on their bikes with a choice of 5 cycling tours across the country between May and September. The An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo cycle is the first event in the series and takes place over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Cyclists of all abilities are invited to cycle in scenic Sligo and experience all the Yeats County has to offer.