Cyclists set off on the Lough Key Classic
Final arrangements are being put in place this Sunday’s 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 70k for those who like a challenge.
Following the introduction of a new route last year, the 2018 Classic will generally follow the same roads as 2017 with both distances taking in a figure of eight loop with the food stop in King House in Boyle town centre.
In addition there will be an optional King of the Mountains route climbing the Old Coach Road up Green Street in Boyle town centre before descending the Curlew Mountain. There will be a time cut off for this section which is also weather dependent
The 120k cycle sees riders leave Boyle at exactly 9am and head to Ballymote, Gurteen, Monasteraden, Mullaghroe and back to Boyle. After their food stop in King House, they will head past Boyle Abbey to Lough Key Forest Park, out to the N4, onto Cootehall, Derrenargon, Keadue, Ballyfarnon, Corrigeenroe, Ballinafad, Broher and onto the climb on the Keash/Ballymote road before heading back to Boyle.
The 70k route will see riders leave Boyle at exactly 10am and head to Keash, Culfadda, Mullaghroe, Cloonloo back to Boyle. After their food stop in King House, the riders will head past Boyle Abbey to Lough Key Forest Park, out to the N4, Knockvicar, Corrigeenroe, Ballinafad , Broher and onto the climb on the Keash/Ballymote road before heading back to Boyle.
A welcome cup of tea will be available before the event in the Classic HQ in the Sports Complex where there will be adequate, secure parking and hot showers available.
A hot meal will also be served following the event.
The Lough Key Classic is a recognised Cycling Ireland sportive and is open to those aged over 18 only. (Under 18's only with CI licence)
Participants for all routes can register at the Sports Complex in the grounds of Abbey Community College in Boyle on Saturday from 6pm - 7pm and on Sunday 13th from 7.30am - 8.45am for 120k riders and until 9.45am for 70k.
Entry is €20 for Cycling Ireland members and €25 for non Cycling Ireland members.
Last year’s successful event saw donations being made to a number of local charities. It is hoped to make similar donations again following this year’s event.
Curlieu Wheelers Chairman Declan Noone said this week that following the success of the last four Classic's, this year's sportive should attract a large number of cyclists to Boyle.
“The Lough Key Classic is organised by cyclists for cyclists and as such has been commented on as one of the best run, value for money sportives that was held in Ireland in the last few years”
“It has become a firm favourite by many cyclists and this year will be no different, in fact I think it will be even better with hopefully a larger number of entrants”.
"Our hospitality, value for money and professionalism in organisation has been the backbone of the previous Classics and this year will be no different."
" In addition, all cyclists will have their food stop once again in King House which should be a spectacle in itself as over 200 riders descend on the historic town centre location".
“It is important to make the riders feel welcome here in Boyle and in this regard, I would ask the residents of the town and those along the route to come out in large numbers to show support for the cyclists, especially as they enter Boyle to the finish on the Crescent around lunch time Sunday”.
“I would also ask dog owners on the route to ensure their animal is not roaming free on Sunday. This is a great event for Boyle and one that is now established on the town’s calendar” Declan concluded.