An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Cycling Event Sunday 1st May 2016 Wed, 11 May 2016 09:04:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Road Safety Alert for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 15:09:22 +0000 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

Final Information for Participants Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:46:38 +0000 Dear Cyclist

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.

Safety First

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.

Sign-on procedure

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:

  • 160 Km Ox Mountain Challenge

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. 

  • 100 Km Innisfree Tour

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

  • 60 Km Lough Gill Circuit

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

Kind Regards,

Deirdre Lavin

Deirdre Lavin, Event Co-ordinator, An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo Committee



Registration Update… Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:11:09 +0000 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 GAA All Star Eamonn O’ Hara gears up for the 10OK… Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:04:31 +0000 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.”

Former GAA All Star is looking forward to taking on the 100k on Sunday 1st May

Former GAA All Star Eamonn is looking forward to taking on the 100K cycle.

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.

Don’t miss the Early Bird!! Thu, 14 Apr 2016 09:09:05 +0000 The Early Bird prices end on April 20th so don’t miss out and register today

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Monster Raffle in aid of ABI Tue, 05 Apr 2016 15:37:29 +0000 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 Don’t miss out!

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Bike Hire available for Tour Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:03:00 +0000 Northwest Adventures Tours 
nwat logoBike Hire will be available on the weekend of the 30th April and 1st May by Northwest Adventure Tours. They will also have helmets for hire and other materials,  should you require anything else on the event days,  or decide last minute to get on your bike!! .

The rental price is 15 euro per day and includes a helmet. They will also deliver them to the event and fit people up for the cycle.

The Bike – The Subway 1 hybrid is light, nippy, and incredibly reliable. Tektro mechanical disc brakes can always be trusted to bring you to a stop, even in horrible conditions, and 24 speed Shimano gears will have you zooming along the flats and racing up those hills. A range of sizes in gents and ladies bikes are available.

  • Frame: Lightweight aluminium
  • Forks: Hi-ten steel blades with 1.1/8 steel steerer for strength and lighter weight
  • Gears: 24 speed Shimano trigger shift gears for any road or trail

To book your bike or for more information contact

Northwest Adventure Tours


Phone:        00353 (0) 871259594 or 00353 (0) 860229952




Ambassador for the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 16:47:08 +0000

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.

2016 cycle launch a great success! Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:18:58 +0000 YeatsA large crowd representing all sectors of the community were in attendance at the launch of the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo 2016 which took place at City Hall on Saturday 13th February last. In raising awareness of the event over 40 cyclists representing the many cycling clubs and community groups across the county cycled from Doorly Park through Sligo Town to arrive at City Hall for the launch. Cathaoirleach Cllr Rosaleen O’ Grady in welcoming all associated with the event to the launch remarked “I think the key to enduring success of the cycle is that it accommodates people of all ages and levels of fitness, from the committed enthusiast to the casual cyclist”. Cllr O Grady added “For visitors in particular it is a chance to get a brief snapshot of our wonderful county, and I think that might explain why so many people come back year after year to this very special event”.

The event which is sponsored nationally by An Post and Sport Ireland is now in its eight year and over 2,000 cyclists are expected to participate. A Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday 30th April which will include the 10km Spin for All, and 2km Bike Trail while on Sunday 1st May the more experienced cyclists will have three events to choose from including a 60km, 100km and 160km route.

Speaking at the launch Ciaran Hayes Chief Executive of Sligo County Council acknowledged the importance of the event in promoting Sligo while he committed to ongoing support from the Local Authority. Also present at the launch was Mayor Cllr Thomas Healy who stated,‘The annual An Post Cycle Tour is one that has captured the public interest, and this is reflected in the increasing numbers registering to take part. It is an event where everyone is welcome, a great opportunity for a family to take a leisurely and enjoy the wonderful scenery along the way”.

The nominated charity for the event is Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and their local manager Teresa O’ Boyle welcomed the opportunity to be associated with the event, stating that all sponsorship received will go towards sustaining services in the Sligo region.

Event Co-ordinator Deirdre Lavin SSRP acknowledged the support of all organisations present at the launch including national sponsors An Post and Sport Ireland and also the involvement locally of O’Hehirs Bakery and Super Valu. With just over two months to go she encouraged all intending participants to get training. She announced that registration for the event had opened with people having the option to either enter on line or through postal application.

See our Facebook page for photos from the day

Full details of the event and regular updates will be available on this website  or at 071 9161511.

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.

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