Ulster Cycling News

Tour of Inishowen 150K Next Sunday 20th July

This will be the second year for The Tour of Inishowen.The 150k.tour starts in the seaside town of Buncrana on the shores of Lough Swilly.
It crosses the Inishowen Peninsula in an easterly direction reaching Lough Foyle after a 20k trip crossing the Illies Hills and taking in a category 2 climb past the Fullerton Pollan Dam. From there the route goes north along the shores of the lough on a relatively flat course through Moville,reaching Greencastle after another 20k.
Turning west there looms another cat2 climb over Cooks Hill to Kinnagoe Bay and onwards for a welcome lunch-stop at Culdaff Town Hall.From here the direction is north westerly taking the road to Malin Head,Ireland's most northerly point.As we head south there will be a few more gear-crunching moments before we reach level ground at Lagg.A relatively flat course then takes us through Malin Town,Carndonagh,Ballyliffin and Clonmany.Moving westwards again we will then reach the foot of the Urris Hills and the famous Category 1 Mamore Gap.This will then be crossed through a serious of hair-pin bends.Rumour has it that Sean Kelly had one of his early successes as a teenager crossing the Gap in the 1975 Ras with a 42/18 as his lowest gear!
From the summit it will be a relatively easy 16k.cycle to the finish at The Inishowen Gateway Hotel who are major sponsors of this event together with Inishowen based North Pole Cycling Club.The cycle is being held in aid of The Donegal Branch of M.S.Ireland which helps sufferers of multiple sclerosis.
There are two shorter routes of of 64k.for beginners and a 100k.route which will test the best!
Confirmed entries include Joe Barr,Marcus Christie,Louise Fullerton from Ballymena and a number of Phoenix guys. The usual talent from Four Masters,Roe Valley,Omagh Wheelers and Foyle CC will also test themselves against the toughest course in Ireland..
The North Pole Cycling Club promises all comers a day to remember and hospitality which you will never forget!
Start The Inishowen Gateway Hotel,Buncrana.
Date Sunday 20th July 2008.
Time Starts at 9am.Registration from 7.30am.at the hotel reception.
Organiser Carl Fullerton.+353(0)862788497.E-MAIL.carlfullerton@hotmail.com.
Entry Fee Online registration £20 before 13th July 2008.

What you get;
T-shirt and certificate for all finishers.
Full North Pole CC service crew and broom-wagons.
Numerous water stations.
Free secure car-parking at Inishowen Gateway Hotel.
Lunch-stop at Culdaff.
Red Cross support.
Free shower facilities at Gateway Leisure Centre.
Tea/Sandwiches at hotel after event.
Course map for all competitors (shorter course also available)
Free draw for weekend break in Inishowen Gateway Hotel for all over-50 and lady finishers.
Late Entries £25stg.or €32 payable on the morning of event.

Event Date 20 Jul 2008
Event Status Open
Closing Date 20 Jul 2008
Total Places 200
Places Taken 74

Event Website http://www.northpolecycling.com
Relay Entries Accepted No
Organiser Carl Fullerton
Email carlfullerton@hotmail.com
Phone 00353862788497

13 Jul 2008 £20.00
20 Jul 2008 £25.00

Martin Lees

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