Leitrim Glens Cycling Club is hosting the very popular Yeats 200 Sportive which will take in Leitrim, Sligo, Cavan and Fermanagh on Sunday, August 21.
This leisure cycle starts and finishes at the Bee Park in Manorhamilton. There are two routes - a 100km route, ideal for leisure cyclists and a 200km route designed for more experienced cyclists.
The 100km cycle (starting at 10am) is mostly flat and goes first to Dromahair, then to Ballintogher and over to Geevagh, where we have the first food stop (tea and sandwiches). Then it goes towards Ballyfarnon, Keadue and over to the main Drumshanbo road and then up to Drumkeerin where there's a water stop.
It then loops back to Dromahair village and up past Newtownmanor Church which is a short but challenging climb. After this it's downhill all the way back to Manorhamilton where a hot meal will be provided and cyclists can relax and chat about the day's events.
The 200km cycle (starting at 9am) is designed for experienced cyclists who enjoy a challenge on a route similar to the popular Wicklow 200.
There are nine climbs over the 200km, the first of these after just 7km at Kilcoosey. The route goes towards Kinlough and up the Glenaniff climb, then over to Garrison and back to Kiltyclogher where the first food stop is (at 86km).
It then proceeds back to Manorhamilton and then south towards Geevagh where there is a second food stop (at 147km). The route continues up the hills around Arigna and Drumkeerin (another water stop here). It joins the 100km route from here through Dromahair, up over Newtownmanor and back to the Bee Park.
Hot meals will be provided afterwards for all participants.
Parking on the day is available at the Bee Park Community Centre; MCi Car Park; Courthouse Car Park; Castle Car Park; car park behind the former Castle Pub; Park Road and the Rossinver Road. Please don’t park in church car parks, on the New Line (N16) or in front of gates or driveways.
Entry fee is as follows: 100 Km: €20 Cycling Ireland members; €25 Non-Cycling Ireland Members; 200 Km: €25 Cycling Ireland members; €30 Non-Cycling Ireland Members. There is a small online charge.
All the information regarding registration etc. can be found at www.yeats200.com for an event which has always proven very popular.