Cyclists gear up for Lough Key Classic next Saturday

All ready for the Lough Key Sportive next Sunday in Boyle which takes in Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo.
Final arrangements are being put in place this week for this Saturday’s inaugural Lough Key Classic Cycling Sportive which will start and finish in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Final arrangements are being put in place this week for this Saturday’s inaugural Lough Key Classic Cycling Sportive which will start and finish in Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

Organised by local cycling club, Curlieu Wheelers, the event will cover two distances – 120k for the more experienced cyclist and 60k for those who like a challenge. Both routes will include the Geevagh – Highwood and Curlew Mountain climbs.

The 120k cycle sees riders leave Boyle at 9am and head to Ballinameen, Elphin, Hillstreet, Drumsna, Leitrim Village, Keadue, Ballyfarnon, Geevagh, Highwood, Doon, crossing the N4 to face the Curlews, crossing Garrow to the Ballymote road for the descent into Boyle.

The 60k route will see riders leave Boyle at 10.30am and travel along the N4 to Ardcarne on to Keadue where they will join the 120k route.

There will be water stops along the way with the official food stop for both cycles in Ballyfarnon. Paddy Paella will provide the post sportive food in the event HQ in the Sports Complex.

Participants for the 120k and 60k cycles can register at the Sports Complex in the grounds of Abbey Community College in Boyle on Friday from 7pm - 8.30 and on Saturday from 7 am - 8.45. Online registration can be accessed via eventbrite. There will be a free gift for the first 150 riders to register. Entry is €20 for Cycling Ireland members and €25 for non Cycling Ireland members.

Irish TV have agreed to cover the event and their camera crew will be in Boyle from early morning Saturday 17.

While the experienced cyclists are out en route, the Moone Boy Family cycle will take place at 11am in town with registration, start and finish on the Crescent. This cycle will be for a short distance and is aimed at families who have an interest in the sport.

Event director Brian Nerney said that the sportive should attract a large number of cyclists to Boyle - “With the Giro d’Italia in Ireland last week and the An Post Ras on Sunday, cycling fever has certainly hit Roscommon.

“I would ask the residents of Boyle and those along the route to come out in large numbers to show support for the cyclists, especially as they climb the Curlews.”

Croghan Community Games

The Area Sports day was held on May 2, in Croghan Pitch. There was a great turn out of our local athletes with every race keenly contested. Seamus Sweeney our MC for the evening was happy that there will be plenty of competition for all the underage teams for Shannon Gaels for the foreseeable future. Michael O’Brien our race starter had his hands full for a lot of races making sure heats and finals all ran smoothly, which they did. Many thanks to all of you who helped out in getting the field ready, running the races, registration and the shop.

The area field events were held on Thursday May 8, in Carrick Community School. Thanks to all who organised the athletes and the venue.

Leitrim Athletics Championships

The Leitrim Athletics Championships will be held in Manorhamilton on Friday next, May 16, at 6.30. Entries will be taken at the venue before the start. The events are as follows: Under 10 (born 2005 or later) 60m, 300m, Long Jump; Under 11 (born 2004) 60m, 300m, Long Jump, Relay; Under 12 (born 2003) 80m, 600m, Shot; Under 13 (born 2002) 80m, Hurdles, 600m, Long Jump, Relay; Under 14 (born 2001) 80m, 800m, Long Jump, Shot, Walk; Under 16 (born 1999 or 2000) 100m, 800m, Shot; Over 16: 100, 400m, 1500m, Long Jump, Walk, Mixed Relay

The competitions will be of benefit to clubs preparing entries for the Connacht Championships which take place in Sligo this year.

The Under 12 Championships will be held in conjunction with the Under 9,10,11 Team competition on Saturday June 7, while the Under 13 upwards Championships will be on Saturday June 14.

Entries must be made by Clubs to the Connacht Competition Secretary two weeks before the date of the competition.