The An Post Tour of Sligo will again take place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend 2015 (2nd & 3rd May)
The An Post Heritage Cycle Tour returns to Meath for a sixth year on the 26th & 27th July. New to the event this year are the 3 hills of Meath as part of the 100k – Tara, Skryne and Slane; with the challenging climbs around Loughanlea Mountain being included in the 160k distance.
Those wishing to register can still avail of the early bird entry fee up until 17th July – registration will remain open online until 23rd July.
There are 4 distances to choose from:
11km Family Spin, 50km Tara Loop, 100km Royal Tour and the 160km Royal Challenge
The family 11km spin commences at 5pm on Sat 26th with registration on the day. The other 3 distances take place on Sun 27th. All participants on the 50k, 100k and 160k will receive the special commissioned souvenir jersey – a real collector’s item.
Entry is available online at www.meathsports.ie or by contacting Meath LSP’s office on 046-9067337. There are discounted rates available for OAP’s/Unemployed and Cycling Ireland members.
The event is part of the An Post Cycle Series and is organised by Meath Local Sports Partnership in association with the Irish Sports Council. Over 3,000 cyclists are expected to participate in this year’s tour. The Friends of St. Joseph’s Charity in Trim is the nominated charity for this year’s event.
For further details see www.meathsports.ie or contact Meath LSP on 046-9067337.
The An Post Tour of Sligo over the May Bank Holiday weekend was a great sporting occasion for Sligo and one of the highlight events of the year to mark Sligo European Town of Sport.
Throughout the weekend over 2,400 cyclists of all ages and cycling experience enjoyed a great cycling occasion and their feedback was hugely positive with the many visiting and local participants acknowledging the outstanding community spirit and welcome they witnessed as they peddled through 100 miles of countryside and villages. On crossing the finishing line many cyclists remarked on the organisation and voluntary effort which contributed to a great event.
Since last November, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership has worked with a committee involving Innisfree Wheelers and Eire Og Cycling Clubs, Sligo County Council and County Sligo VEC on the event planning with support from the national sponsors An Post and the Irish Sports Council.
Safety for cyclists was a key priority and the collective efforts of all safety personnel working over the weekend was widely acknowledged and appreciated by the cyclists. The organising committee worked very closely with the Garda Siochana in the lead up to the event and on the day, while the services of the Red Cross, Sligo and Leitrim Civil Defence and Mountain Rescue were on hand along the routes to assist with safety. Throughout the event the mechanical support vehicles were in demand with punctures and tyre problems in need of repair and the swift response and helpful manner of the service personnel greatly appreciated by stranded cyclists. Safety and support vehicles provided by local motor cyclists, Halfords, Chain Driven Cycles, Flannagan Cycles, Gary Cycles and Martin Reilly Motors ensured that no cyclist was left on the roadside.
Over 150 volunteers from sports clubs and community organisations marshalled along the 100 mile route and cyclists were particularly praiseworthy of their friendliness and positive words of encouragement.
Food stops along the route were a particularly welcome sight for the cyclists who were glad to avail of refreshments. With over 2,000 sandwiches and 1,500 pasta dishes eaten the generous sponsorship of the main food sponsors O Hehirs Bakery and SuperValu was greatly appreciated. Special Olympic Connaught, the chosen charity for the event, co ordinated the foodstops with the support of local community organisations including Coolaney Development Company, St. Michaels GAA Club Ballintogher and Dromore West Community Centre. All three community facilities were packed with cyclists and the good food and a warm welcome which greeted the cyclists in the venues was appreciated by all. In addition, to the foodstops the cyclists welcomed the opportunity to top up on fluids and energy bars sponsored by Glencar Water and Good 4 U.
On crossing the finish line cyclists got a warm and well deserved welcome home and enjoyed refreshments at IT Sligo with availing of a massage provided by local Irish Chartered Physiotherapists.
The main events was preceeded by the Family Fun Day and 10K Hazelwood Spin for all which proved a great success on Saturday 3rd May. With generous funding support from the Sligo Borough Council 458 committee a host of fringe entertainment events were facilitated and North West Adventures were on hand to lead the 2 K Bike Trail.
Special Olympics Connaught were the nominated charity for the event and any outstanding sponsorship cards may be returned to their headquarters in Collooney or may be dropped into the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership offices.
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership wishes to say a big thank you to all who volunteered and contributed in any way to making the An Post Tour of Sligo 2014 a great success, not least the many well wishers along the routes who waved flags, clapped the cyclists and gave words of encouragement all making for a warm Sligo welcome and a great community sporting occasion for Sligo.
The An Post Tour of Sligo proved to be an outstanding success with over 2400 cyclists on their bikes over the two day event. Every county on the island of Ireland was represented with the event attracting 22 oversees visitors including cyclists from Australia, United States, Canada, Switzerland, England and Scotland. Among the participants were ‘Bressie’ well know singer, model Roz Purcell, former Olympic medallist and Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council and John Treacy, Barney Whelan Head of Communications at An Post and Mayor of Sligo Cllr Mayor Mc Garry.
Despite early morning showers cyclists began descending on the Institute of Technology headquarters on Sunday morning from 7am onwards full of enthusiasm, with a great atmosphere. The Ox Mountain Challenge got under way at 9 am with 470 cyclists registered and this was followed by the 100K Innisfree Tour at 10 am involving 910 cyclists which included the Tour Ambassador Bressie. The more leisurely cycle involving the 60K Lough Gill Circuit departed at 10.30am with 625 cyclists including many relatively new comers to the sport.
Shortly after midday the first of the cyclists arrived home while those on the Ox Mountain Challenge arrived much later having a lot of mountains to climb and distance to cover. The feedback was hugely positive with everybody having a very enjoyable day. Cyclists were extremely complementary of the route management support provided by the Garda Siochana and community marshals while the foodstops hosted by the event charity Special Olympics and supported by local communities in Dromore West, Coolaney and Ballintogher which were a very welcome sight for the cyclists along the route.
The main events were preceeded on Saturday with the Family Fun Day with children, parents and those new to the sport of cycling taking part. Close to 300 cyclists were involved in the 10K Hazelwood Spin while over 100 enthusiastic children and their parents cycled the 2K Bike Trail. Participants enjoyed a festival of entertainment which included stilt walkers, acrobatics, juggling, fire breathing ,walk about puppet performances and BMX display.
Feedback from the participants was very positive with everybody enjoying a great weekend of cycling and while there were many tired bodies crossing the finishing line the overall feeling was one of a great sense of achievement. Ambassador Bressie enjoyed the event stating “Thank you to the Tour of Sligo for a top class event, well run” while another happy cyclist summed it up by saying
“Really well marshalled. Food stops all brilliantly stocked with cheery supportive volunteers. Well done to everyone involved in organising and running this great event. It was really enjoyable. Will recommend it”.
The event was co-ordinated by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and supported by a huge investment of time and expertise from the organising committee which included representatives from Sligo County Council, Sligo VEC, and local cycling clubs Innisfree Wheelers and Eire Og. This was supported by many community groups, volunteers and sponsors all of who contributed to a great event.
Special Olympics Connaught is our charity for the An Post Tour of Sligo and they will play a key role at the foodstops serving up thousands of ups of tea, sandwiches, pasta and goodies!
Any sponsorship raised for this worthy cause is greatly appreciated. Cyclists can bring sponsorship cards along to sign in where there will be a Special Olympics desk. All funds raised will go towards preparation and attendance of the athletes at the Ireland Games in Limerick.
Unsure about the 160K Ox Mountain Challenge??
We have received a number of phone calls relating to the 160km Ox Mountain Challenge.
Our advice is as follows:
The 160km Ox Mountain Challenge requires a high level of cycling fitness and experience. Cyclists who do not reach the T junction at the Cloonacool 160K option/ Coolaney 100K option (43K into cycle) by 11.30 a.m. are strongly advised to turn right and join the 100K route. This measure is being taken for health and safety concerns for the cyclists themselves and out of consideration for event volunteers. Your co – operation is appreciated.
The second foodstop on the 160K at Coolaney (109K) will close at 3.30pm and the event officially finishes at 5.30 pm at which time the support services on the road will cease and the event headquarters at the Institute of Technology will close.
Wishing you a safe and enjoyable cycle and if you have any further queries please go to the ‘help desk’ at sign on in the Institute of Technology Sligo
The annual An Post Tour of Sligo cycle takes place this May Bank Holiday weekend commencing on Saturday 3rd May with a 10K Family spin from IT Sligo to Hazelwood between 3pm and 4pm. On Sunday 2,000 cyclists will undertake various routes commencing from IT Sligo at 9am and returning by 5pm taking in cycling routes which navigate across Hughes Bridge to Strandhill, Ballisodare, the Ballina Road towards the Hungry Rock, Coolaney, Cloonacool , Dromore West, Collooney, Ballintogher and Dromahair, all on public roads. The final route section will involve both the R286 back to IT Sligo and the Newtownmanor Sligo road. Traffic delays can be expected with Garda support and route marshals to warn other roads users in advance and minimise disruption . Your co-operation is appreciated.
As part of the safety preparations for the An Post Tour of Sligo, the organising committee has an Event Medical Plan and Risk Assessment Plan in place.
The An Post Tour of Sligo gets underway on the May Bank Holiday weekend with the Family Fun Day on Saturday 3rd May. This family festival of cycling is a very popular feature of the An Post Tour of Sligo programme with hundreds of families and new comers to cycling taking part annually.
Children of 9 years and upwards can take part in the 10K Hazelwood Spin while those of 6 years and over can cycle the 2K Bike Trail in the grounds of the Institute of Technology Sligo. The 10K distance will also suit adults who are relatively new to the sport of cycling. A roadworthy bicycle and helmet are all that is required to get started.
Apart from the cycling events there will be a great range of entertainment for families and children of all ages including stilt walkers, unicyclists, jugglers, clowns, face painters, balloon puppeteers, bicycle bubbles and games for everyone. Cyclists will also have a chance to take part in fun skills and drills and time trials. A BMX display from some local and talented cyclists will be on show.
The An Post Tour of Sligo organising committee wish to acknowledge the support of the Sligo Borough Council 458 Committee for the Family Fun Day.
All routes start and finish at the IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena, Ballinode, Sligo, the event HQ.
Google Map Location of Institute of Technology, Ballinode, Sligo http://maps.google.ie/maps?q=Institute+of+Technology,+Ash+Lane,+Sligo&hl=en&ll=54.276401,-8.461704&spn=0.03057,0.055189&sll=53.401034,-8.307638&sspn=7.99729,14.128418&oq=in&hq=Institute+of+Technology,+Ash+Lane,+Sligo&t=m&z=14&iwloc=A
At the IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena participants can expect refreshments, shower/changing and toilet facilities as well as that all important sports massage!
The official start for all four routes is the IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena. Please arrive there in good time so that you can enjoy the atmosphere. Stewards will direct all cyclists from the sign-in to the official start.
May Bank Holiday Weekend 2014
The An Post Heritage Cycle Tour returns to Meath for a sixth year on the 26th & 27th July. New to the event this year are the 3 hills of Meath as part of the 100k – Tara, Skryne and Slane; with the challenging climbs around Loughanlea Mountain being included in the 160k distance. Those [...]
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership wishes to say a big thank you to all who volunteered and contributed in any way to making the An Post Tour of Sligo 2014 a great success
The An Post Tour of Sligo proved to be an outstanding success with over 2400 cyclists on their bikes over the two day event.
Any sponsorship raised for this worthy cause is greatly appreciated. Cyclists can bring sponsorship cards along to sign in