An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Cycling Event Sunday 1st May 2016 Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:34:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New for 2016 Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:55:33 +0000 With many cyclists having a large collection of cycling jerseys from the past number of years of the An Post Tour of Sligo it was time to add a new item of clothing to the event. This year all participants who register for the 60km, 100km and 160km taking place on the 1st May will receive this customised souvenir light weight summer cycling jacket. Don’t miss out register early as only the first 2000 entrants will receive a jacket. The event has sold out for the last two years.

Tour of SLigo 6

Tour of SLigo 6


Bike For Life and Great Dublin Bike Ride Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:29:07 +0000 Want to Get Back on Your Bike!! Then join the Bike for Life Programme.

This programme is perfect for anyone who wants to get back into cycling in a social fun leisure environment. The programme will build your cycle fitness over a number of weeks with the aim of completing the 60km distance of the Great Dublin Bike Ride as a group on the 13th September 2015.

Download Application Form – Here Bike for Life – Application Form GDBR


Bike4Life Great Dublin Bike Ride Programme

What is Bike for Life?

Bike for Life is a beginner’s cycling programme, in which a cyclist is brought through the various skills and techniques involved in cycling over an 6-8 week period. The focus of the programme is on learning and meeting new people, with the group cycle a prominent feature in the programme.

What do I learn in Bike for Life?

In Bike for Life, you will learn a variety of skills related to cycling. The basic content can be seen below, with the level of learning depending on the start point of the rider.

  • Preparing for a Bike Ride: What to wear, what to bring.
  • Riding safely on the road: Basic road skills, advanced road skills, riding in the dark.
  • Riding as a group: Riding in pairs, riding as a group, group riding etiquette.
  • Using shared facilities: Riding in low volume traffic, riding in higher volume traffic.
  • Bike handling skills: Basic bike handling skills, advanced bike handling skills.
  • Nutrition & Hydration: Basic requirements, requirements for a cyclist.
  • Bike repair & maintenance: Basic bike maintenance.
  • Training for your cycling goals: Getting started, going further and cycling challenges

How much does it cost?

The cost to do a Bike for Life programme is usually €30 per person, but in conjunction with cycling Ireland we are able to offer this programme for €20. This includes a logbook, a high viz vest, full Cycling Ireland insurance for the duration of the programme, coaching and entry into hte Great Dublin Bike Ride on the 13th September.

When and Where?

The meeting point for the first night on Tuesday July 21st at 6pm is will be Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership Offices, Riverside, Sligo. Start locations will vary each week depending on the cycle route for that evening.

What do i need?

You will need a road worth bike with working breaks and a helmet. A water bottle and dress for the weather.

How do i get involved?

To participate in this programme you must complete an Application form and return it before the 20th July. Places are limited to 16 people and will be filled on a first come first served basis. You can Download an Application Form Here – Bike for Life – Application Form GDBR.

An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:21:00 +0000 The much awaited tour will take place over the weekend of July 25th & 26th. The Family Spin takes place on Saturday evening with the other 3 distances— 50k, 100k and 160k all taking place on Sunday 26th.

11km family spin as part of the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour takes place at 5pm from Trim on Saturday 25th July. Families can register on the day from 2pm in Marquee on Castle Street, Trim. Check out our website for full details and criteria for the Family spin.

The 50km Tara Loop, 100km Royal Tour & 160km Royal Challenge take place on Sunday 26th July – those interested in taking part can register online at

For more information check out

Video footage from An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2015 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:05:22 +0000 Take a look back at both the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo and the Family Fun Day 2015

An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2015

An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Family Fun Day 2015

Wonderful feedback from the 2015 participants! Fri, 08 May 2015 10:23:04 +0000 There was wonderful feedback from the cyclists on this years An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo. We are delighted that so many participants enjoyed the event and had such positive and heartening comments to make on the many aspects of the event… Have a read of some of the feedback below…

Feedback: An Post 2015

A fantastic cycling spectacle for Sligo! Wed, 06 May 2015 16:04:39 +0000 An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo – a wonderful success for 2015! 

The An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo proved to be an outstanding success with over 2,300 cyclists on their bikes over the two day event. Among the participants were ‘Bressie’ who was ambassador for the event and former Olympic medallist and Chief Executive of the Irish Sports Council and John Treacy.

Cyclists began descending on the Institute of Technology headquarters on Sunday morning from 7am onwards and the Ox Mountain Challenge got under way at 9 am followed by the 100K Innisfree Tour at 10 am which included the Tour Ambassador Bressie. The more leisurely cycle involving the 60K Lough Gill Circuit departed at 10.30am with 625 and included many 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 200 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 including skills and drills 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.

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, Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB, 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.

Check out some of the photos below… 

A huge ‘Thank You’ to our Volunteers. Wed, 06 May 2015 15:57:59 +0000 The An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Committee and Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership would like to express a sincere thanks to all who made the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo such a success. The 2,000 cyclists on the Sunday events and the 300 in the Family Fun Day on Saturday enjoyed the Tour and the many travelling visitors from all over the country went away with very positive memories of the event , the beautiful Sligo scenery and above all the wonderful hospitality they witnessed from the people of Sligo.

There are so many people who made this event possible and at the outset a huge thank you to everybody who helped out but we would like to acknowledge the following:

Sligo Cycling Clubs Innisfree Wheelers and Eire Og

Over 350 wonderful marshals and volunteers including individuals and members from sports clubs and community organisations

To all those who ensured safety on the road especially the Gardai, Civil Defence, Red Cross, Mountain Rescue, support cars and motor cycles and mechanical back up personnel

The 3 communities who hosted the 3 foodstops out on the roads which included Coolaney Development Company, St Michaels GAA Club and Dromore West Community Centre

Special Olympics Connaught who were the event charity and did a fantastic job in co ordinating the foodstops

To our local sponsors sponsors:

O Hehirs Bakery and Super Valu who did an amazing job in feeding everybody

Local cycling shops Flanagans and Halfords

Local hotels The Glasshouse, Clarion Hotel, Great Western Southern Hotel and Sligo Park Hotel

Martin Reilly Motors for support cars

To our statutory partners including Sligo County Council, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education & Training Board, IT Sligo, Failte Ireland, Look West, the Irish Sports Council and An Post

To the many Sligo people who can out along the roadside to encourage the cyclists on the route

To other road users particularly motorists who gave due consideration to the cyclists

To the staff of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership for all their work over the past few months

And finally to Ocean FM and local print media for getting the message out and encouraging cyclists and volunteers to get involved.

A great TEAM SLIGO effort and a sincere thank you from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Committee.


Check out the photos from this years cycle… Wed, 06 May 2015 10:12:25 +0000 Please see the facebook page of ‘Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership’ for photos from this years cycle….

Photos – An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2015

Road Safety Alert for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2015 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 15:28:16 +0000 The annual An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo cycle takes place this May Bank Holiday weekend commencing on Saturday 2nd May with a 10K Family Spin from IT Sligo to Hazelwood between 3pm and 4pm. On Sunday 3rd May, 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.


Early Bird Registration closes Wed 22nd April… Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:49:21 +0000 Click on the link below for the online registration facility…

Register online 


Download a postal application form below…

An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Entry Form 2015