Ulster Cycling News

Leisure Events 12th July

For all those  people on holidays this weekend who are looking for something to do why not sign-up for one of the great leisure events taking place in some of the most scenic parts of the country. In fact why not make it a weekend away and relax before participating in the event. There are two events in Donegal. In the north of the county North Pole CC are promoting their annual Tour of Inishowen rescheduled from the previous week while further south Tir Chonaill Gap are promoting their very popular leisure mountain Bike event. In the beautiful Mournes area of County Down Shimna Wheelers have their Shimna Challenge on Sunday 12th while in Co Derry arn Wheelers are proming an mtb leisue event.

Sunday 12th July - Tour of Inishowen
North Pole Cycling Club Tour of Inishowen takes place on Sunday 12th July. Sign On @ Buncrana Leisure Centre 8.00 to 9.00am. There are two route on offer which ttake in some of the beautiful Donegal scenery. The main route is the classic 100 mile Tour of Inishowen which takes riders from Buncrana up the east coast of the peninsula to Quigleys Point,  to Greencastle then heading west to  Ballyliffen and Malin Head and returning to Buncrana along the western coast. This is atough route with lots of climbing but well worth it. There is also a sixty mile route which cuts out some of the more difficulat climbs. Both maps can be viewed via the links below. Both the 100 / 60 mile groups will be set off at 9.30am.

100 Mile Route Map

60 Mile Route Map

Sunday 12th July - Shimna Challenge
On Sunday 12th July Shimna Wheelers will be promoting their annual Shimna Challenge. The event HQ id Bryansford GAC club , Newcastle. The event starts at 10.00am. There are two routes on offer. Full details can be viewed on the poster below.

To Enter this event click HERE


Sunday 12th July - Tir Chonaill Gap Leisure Mountain Bike Event
Tir Chonaill Gap Cycling Club, will be holding a mountain bike event (The Rescheduled Mad March Hare) on Sunday 12th July.

Members of the club are working tirelessly on adding to and improving the course so it is sure to be an unreal event!..... The start of the event once again will 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 two 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 10am and starts 11am
Registration Fee is: €10 for Cycling Ireland Members (€15 for Non-CI Members)
So get the Bike out and join Tir Chonaill Gap for what is guaranteed to be a an epic adventure!!l!!!

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

Check the Route Map HERE


Sunday 12th July Carn MTB Challenge
Carn Wheelers are proud to announce the 1st Carn MTB Challenge, in conjunction with Carntogher Community Association.
Every year on 12th July the increasingly popular Run The Carn, 5km mountain run takes place, followed by BBQ and family fun day.
This year, following the run, Carn Wheelers are staging a 10KM Mountain Bike Challenge. Race It, Ride It at your Leisure, either way....its you against the clock.
Mountain lanes, heather, turf, grass, rivers, styles....... Its all there to challange you.
Or, for those of you adrenaline junkies out there, why not do both the run and the cycle.
Great family day out too.

All participants MUST have a valid 2015 Cycling Ireland licence of any grade to participate.  For those who don't, 1 day licences will be available to purchase on the day for £1.50.
This event is for over 16's only

Registration for 10 to 11 for the cycle, with start of 12 noon
Run is at 11 with registration closing at 10:30
Entry fee is £10 (for one or both) which includes post event BBQ

Contact Darren Mulholland on 07763718587, or email chairman@carnwheelers.co.uk for further details

Marian Lamb

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