Tour de Breffni 2016
Cyclists from all over the country will flock to Leitrim on Sunday, October 2, for the ever popular 2016 Tour de Breffni Sportive event.
Proceeds from the popular event that starts in Leitrim Village and takes in Ballinamore, Dowra, Drumkeerin and Keadue are in aid of Irish Pilgrimage Trust, Cancer Care West and St. Ciaran's Services Carrick on Shannon.
The Tour de Breffni offers two routes based around the scenic Lough Allen, both starting from Leitrim Gaels Community field. The 60K route is based primarily around a circuit of Lough Allen, leaving Leitrim and travelling through Drumshanbo and Ballinaglera before a food stop in Dowra Community Centre.
The cyclists then take the challenging road to Drumkeerin before heading back towards Drumshanbo but turning off at Mount Allen to take in Keadue and Drumboylan and finishing back at the Leitrim Gaels Community Pitch.
The 100K route is more challenging and features two long climbs. The cyclists head through Leitrim Village before turning back towards Kilclare and on through Drumcong to Ballinamore. The cyclists pass through Ballinamore and take the Swanlinbar road.
They then face the first major climb of the day as the head up over the Bellavally Gap before a speedy descent into Glangevlin and on to the welcome food stop in Dowra. The 100K cyclists rejoin the 60K route to Drumkeerin.
The route turns up Corry Mountain for the second climb of the day and those who complete this short but sharp climb will be treated to some of the best views of Lough Allen and the surrounding countryside. The route then continues to Keadue Village, Leitrim Village and back to Leitrim Gaels Community Pitch for food and refreshments.
Both routes are full marshaled along with lead cars and motorbikes as well as broom wagons.
The entry fee for the 60K is €20. The entry fee for the 100K is €25. Pre-registration is available on Eventbrite or from 07:45 am on the day at Leitrim Gaels Community Pitch.
The 100K cycle starts at 9 am and the 60K cycle starts at 10 am.