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