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Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD officially launched the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series
On Friday 17th February Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD officially launched the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series (previously known as the An Post Cycle Series). The Cycle Series will continue in 2017 as the Sport Ireland Cycle Series and will continue to be managed by the Local Sports Partnerships who organise the high quality events in each host County for which they are renowned.
Celebrating its 9th year, the Sport Ireland Cycle Series encourages people of all fitness levels to get physically active by getting on their bikes and taking part in fun cycling events across the country between May and September.
The Sport Ireland Cycle Series will take place in five locations in Sligo, Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork and is coordinated by Local Sports Partnerships in conjunction with their city, county and cycling club partners. Whether you want to take part in one event or fancy challenging yourself to compete in all 5, the cycle series has routes for everyone to enjoy.
Family routes will be approximately 10kms while short, medium and long distance routes will be approximately 60kms, 100kms and 160kms.
In this region the Sport Ireland Yeats Tour of Sligo will return once again on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th of April. The event will involve 5 different routes, accommodating for a wide range of cycling interests, including the leisure cyclist, family cycling and of course, seasoned/experienced cyclists. The tour will afford the people of Sligo and visitors to the County, the chance to enjoy stunning scenery ranging from majestic mountains to spectacular sea views and including picturesque country scenery and rural villages from the saddle of their bike.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series. It is great to see the series returning for a 9th year and this clearly demonstrates the growing popularity of cycling as a sport. Each event has a great selection of routes for all levels to enjoy so I would encourage everyone to sign up and get out on the bike over the summer months.”
Also speaking at the launch, John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland explained, “We are delighted to be bringing the Sport Ireland Cycle Series around the country for the summer. I would encourage everyone, no matter what your ability of cycling to take part. There is a fantastic array of routes to choose from and I have seen what a great day out this can be for family and friends. I look forward to seeing you all over the next few months.”
Since 2009 Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships have been supporting recreational cycling across the country through the Sport Ireland Series and last year over 15,300 riders from all over Ireland took part in the Cycle Series. Participants are encouraged to sign up early with family and friends to avoid missing out. Registration is now open for the Sport Ireland Yeats Tour of Sligo HERE
Road Safety Alert for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016
The annual An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo cycle takes place this May Bank Holiday weekend commencing on Saturday 30th April with a 10K Family spin from IT Sligo to Hazelwood between 3pm and 4pm. On Sunday close to 2000 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, Ballina Road towards 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 Yeats Tour of Sligo the organising committee has an Event Medical Plan and Risk Assessment Plan in place
Thank you for your entry for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 on Sunday 1st May next. To ensure a safe and enjoyable event for everyone, please take a few minutes to read the information below.
For safety reasons all participants must wear a hard shell cycling helmet, ensure their tyres are fully pumped, have a spare tube, and carry their own water bottle for filling at water stops along the route.
Every participant must sign-on on the weekend of the event at the Knocknarea Arena, Institute of Technology, Ballinode, Sligo.
Please bring your online registration confirmation email with you to sign on.
Sign In &Start Times:
Event Sign In: Start Time:
Sat 30th April: 5.00pm to 7.00pm Sunday 1st May at 9.00am
Sun 1st May: 7.30am to 8.30am
Please Note 160km Cut Off Time: Cyclists undertaking the 160K challenge must reach the 44k distance by 11.30am at the very latest, otherwise you will be strongly advised to turn right at this point and join the 100K. The event will be finishing at 5.30pm.
Event Sign In: Start Time:
Sat 30th April: 5.00pm to 7.00pm Sunday 1st May at 10.00am
Sun 1st May: 8.30am to 9.30am
Event Sign In: Start Time:
Sat 30th April: 5.00pm to 7.00pm Sunday 1st May at 10.30am
Sun 1st May: 9.00am to 10.00am
Changing Distance – If on the day of the event you wish to change distance you must go to your original route distance and sign in, collect your number /wristband and proceed to the HELP DESK to change your number for the new route distance.
Participants should allow plenty of time to sign in, prior to the event start. At sign in you will receive your event number (compulsory to wear visible on your back for the duration of the cycle), your food wristband (must be shown at all food stops and for the hot meal at the end), emergency contact card (gives numbers to ring if you are in difficulty on the route) and a ticket to collect your event cycling jacket. We would strongly advise you to sign-in in good time to avail of the appropriate jacket size.
Hot Meal at end – When finished your cycle, don’t forget to join us at the O’ Hehir’s Food Court at the IT Sligo HQ where a hot meal will be available for all cyclists.
Charity – Our nominated charity for 2016 is Acquired Brain Injury Ireland. Raffle tickets for a Monster Draw will be available for sale at event HQ over the weekend with a host of prizes up for grabs .
Sunday Night – All are welcome to come along to the ‘Post Event Get Together’ at 9.30pm on Sunday 1st May, with live music, at the Glasshouse Hotel, Hyde Bridge, Sligo. The ABI Sponsorship Raffle Draw will take place on the night.
Family Fun Day – Finally, the Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday 30th April for the 10K Hazelwood Spin for All (9yrs+) and the 2K Bike Trail for 6-8yr olds in the grounds of the IT Sligo. There will also be lots of other bike activities, entertainment, music and fun activities. (Registration for these events can be taken on the day only). All are welcome, so come and join us!
We look forward to welcoming you on the 1st May. For up to date information please visit our website at www.tourofsligo.ie.
Deirdre Lavin, Event Co-ordinator, An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Committee
Our online/postal registration is closed as of 26th April however to avoid disappointment we are in a position to accept a number of walk in registrations on a first-come first-served basis on the weekend of the event; either on Saturday between 5pm and 7pm or on Sunday morning when sign-on opens at 7.30am. Please come to the HELP DESK at the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo and we will accommodate you there.
Former Sligo GAA star Eamonn O’Hara has signed up as a special guest to take on the challenge of completing the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo on Sunday 1st May. RTE Sunday Game analyst Eamonn is looking forward to trying his hand at cycling and the 100k Innisfree Tour will be his first challenge; “I’m really looking forward to taking part in the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo this year. I would encourage everyone to join me on Sunday, 1st May as the series caters for all ages and abilities and it will be a fantastic way to spend the May Bank Holiday weekend in scenic Sligo. It is an event that suits all, with five different routes of varying degrees of difficulty which will accommodate a wide range of cycling interests, including family cycling, leisure cycling and of course seasoned/experienced cyclists.”
The event is generating huge interest amongst the cycling community and with the Early Bird closing date of Wed 20th April fast approaching, cyclists are encouraged to register early and avail of the very attractive entry fee. Cycling enthusiasts from all over the country are expected to descend on Sligo on the May Bank Holiday weekend as this this popular event is the largest mass participation leisure cycling event in the North West and 2,000 cyclists of all ages and cycling experience will be on their bikes in Sligo on the May Bank holiday weekend.
The event headquarters at the Institute of Technology Sligo will be a hive of activity over the weekend commencing with the Family Fun Day on Saturday 30th April. Hundreds of families and new comers to cycling will take part in the 10K Hazelwood Spin and the 2K Bike Trail in the company of event ambassador Richie Power eight times All Ireland winning hurler for Kilkenny who recently retired and has taken up cycling. Registration for the Family Fun Day takes place on day. From early morning on Sunday 1st May participants taking part in the 160K Ox Mountain Challenge will assemble and head off on their challenge at 9am. This will be followed by cyclists on the 100K Innisfree Tour, which will set off at 10am and at 10.30am the cyclists on the 60K Lough Gill Circuit will depart.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is the nominated charity for the event and a Monster Raffle has been organised by the charity as a fundraiser for this very worthy cause, with some fantastic prizes on offer. Raffle Books are available from the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Office at 07191 61511.
Photos from the recent launch of the ‘Monster Raffle’ in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland; the nominated charity for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016.
With some fantastic prizes to be won, why not pick up a book from the ABI Sligo office or SSRP at 0719161511, Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t miss out!
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The Yeats Tour of Sligo, the first cycle in the Series, takes place on the 29th & 30th April…
The 2017 Yeats Tour of Sligo returns on the May Bank Holiday Weekend 29th & 30th April. The event will open for entry in February and some exciting new route changes are also taking place so keep an eye out for more information on this site in the coming weeks.
Road Safety Alert for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 The annual An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo cycle takes place this May Bank Holiday weekend commencing on Saturday 30th April with a 10K Family spin from IT Sligo to Hazelwood between 3pm and 4pm. On Sunday close to 2000 cyclists will undertake […]