Sunday 30th April 2017
Event Sign In: Start Time:
Sat 29th April: 5.00pm to 7.00pm Sunday 30th April at 10.00am
Sun 30th April: 8.30am to 9.30am
Event Headquarters/ Start & Finish:
Knocknarea Arena Sports Centre, Institute of Technology, Ballinode, Sligo (10.00am to 5.30pm)
100km Route Description 2017
The 100km Innisfree Tour shares part of the same route as the 60km and 160km events.
The 100 km Innisfree Tour sets out over Hughes Bridge and turns right towards Finisklin and onwards in the direction of Strandhill along the R292.
Cyclists will witness spectacular views en route of the Atlantic Ocean and Coney Island while the iconic mountain range of Ben Bulben will be visible over their right shoulder while the imposing sight of Knocknarea and the Queen Maeve Tomb will be on their left as they peddle along.
The cyclists will be afforded a water stop at Ransboro (18km) before they continue onwards towards Ballisodare Bay. On arriving at Ballisadare village the 100km cyclists will split from the 60km Lough Gill Circuit by taking the second exit at the Ballisadare village roundabout similar to the 160km event. On leaving Ballisodare the cyclists will travel along the N59 for a short distance before taking a left turn to head into the Ox Mountains for a challenging climb up Ladies Brae which rises to a height of 240 metres which is a NEW CLIMB for 2017. Towards the top of the climb cyclists will be rewarded with spectacular views in the distance of the Atlantic Ocean and the various Sligo mountain ranges. Cyclists will descend off Ladies Brae through rugged mountainous terrain eventually arriving at a T junction and on taking the left turn will follow quiet county roads towards the village of Coolaney where they will have their first Foodstop at Coolaney Development Centre Community Park at 56 km.
Cyclists will head onwards in the direction of Sligo passing along the outskirts of Collooney before rejoining the 60km Lough Gill Circuit at Ballysodare.
The cyclists will pass Union Wood and the scenic Ballygawley Lough along the R284 before turning left at Ballygawley village. Following the R287 the cyclists will arrive in the village of Ballintogher where a second food and water stop awaits at St. Michaels GAA Clubhouse 79 km.
Following the foodstop the route will take the cyclists in the direction of Killanummery along quiet roads in County Leitrim before arriving in the village of Dromahaire. On leaving the village cyclists will follow a new route section of road for 2017 straight back to Sligo along on the R286 cycling along the shores of Lough Gill and passing Parkes Castle.
Cyclists will eventually cross the N16 to arrive back at the Institute of Technology in the knowledge that they have completed a great days cycling. A warm welcome home, refreshments and a massage for those most in need awaits !
Map of the 100km Route 2017
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