Ulster Cycling News

Leisure Events this Weekend (Road and Off Road)

There are a number of event son this weekend to suit both the leisure and off road cyclists. For those of you who prefer a rugged off road trail why not head for Tir Chonaill GAP's Halloween Howl in Glenties.

Halloween Howl in Glenties Sunday 27th October
This is the second year of this event and promises to be even better than last year. With prizes for the best fancy dress and lovely countryside to cycel what more could you want.

The start of this event should create a bit of a stir as the participants have to ride down the steps beside the Garda station in Glenties.  They will then follow a van up the Glen of Glenties road for three and a half miles. From this point they’re on their own as they turn off the road and start climbing the mountain, a climb sure to make the riders glad when they have reached the top.  But there’s no time to relax as they start the first bit of the descent.

For the next twohalloween Howl miles the riders will have to cross narrow wooden bridges, boardwalk, muddy holes if they can find them, even bigger muddy holes without looking for them, more boardwalk and a final descent guaranteed to put a grin on anyone’s face, if they can hang on.

Participants can either do one or two laps, finishing down the steps at the Garda station.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  Entry is open to everyone over the age of 14 years with their own bike.  If you don’t want to participate come and watch, or maybe help out with marshaling.  Registration is at 12.00 noon and starts 1.00 pm.

Also PRIZE will be awarded to the best Fancy Dress costume on the day, So a bit of effort into what you wear that morning!

So get the Bike out and join us for what is guaranteed to be a howl!!!

For more information contact Hugh McMahon on (087) 2892562.

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Saturday 26th October _- Glengesh Challenge Now in its third year this very popular cycle challenge is promoted by Church Island Cycling. The event starts in Ardara at the Nesbitt Arms Hotel at 12.00noon and there are two routes on offer -  100km and 50km of pure pleasure - with both routes  finishing on the iconic Glengesh Pass.

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There is no set entry fee for this event but all money donated will be split among two charities. There is also a prize draw with many exciting prizes donated by some of our cycle shops as well as the local traders in Ardara. Donegal Harvest are also donating ten bags of excellent Rooster potatoes for the best turned out club.

For those of you who intend to make a weekend break of it there wil be a meal in the Nesbitt Arms on Saturday night followed by a cycling related quiz. The Tour de France, Irish Cycling, and Rás Dhún na nGall are the main topics. Get studying. Questions are compiled by Michael McNicholl. It looks set to be a great weekend. For more information and to find out how to get involved contact the organiser Sean McNicholl on seanschumacher@btinternet.com


The Hills above Drumquin Leisure Tour Sunday 27th October
This very popular cycle is organised by Drumquin Cycling Club as part of the Hills above Drumquin festival which celebrates the life and work of Felix Kearney.

The 40-mile route is very challenging for most cyclists as it consists of many of the townlands mentioned in Kearney's famous song, The Hills Above Drumquin, including Bessie Bell, Mulnamac and Pigeon Top. There is also a shorter, less challenging route for those who wish to take part. The event starts at 10.00am from Drumquin GAA hall. Sign-on from 9.00am

For more information contact Stephen Devenney on 07515638310 or sean.devenney@btinternet.com


Marian Lamb

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