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Sunday 28 December 2014

It's time to get your bike for the Duhallow Sportive cycle

MARIA HERLIHY

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

Ready for road in the Duhallow Sportive are Connie Tarrant (left) from E Tarrant & Sons Skoda, Banteer, Triona Murphy and Eileen Linehan from IRD Duhallow and Billy Mangan of The Corkman.

EXPECT to see the whizz of cyclists and plenty of good banter as the IRD Duhallow Sportive will take to the roads of Duhallow in just two weeks time.

EXPECT to see the whizz of cyclists and plenty of good banter as the IRD Duhallow Sportive will take to the roads of Duhallow in just two weeks time.

IRD Duhallow in conjunction with Tarrant's Skoda dealership in Banteer and The Corkman will put their peddles to the metal as staff along with hundreds of cyclists from all over the country who will take on either the 50km or 100km route on Saturday, July 26.

The Skoda Cycle Series of local 'sportives' includes cycles nationwide, in partnership with INM Regionals, which take in family friendly routes as well as competitive routes for seasoned cyclists.

Looking forward to hosting this massive event, Maura Walsh, CEO of IRD Duhallow said: "We want to truly thank everyone for their co-operation and support".

She said that IRD Duhallow are encouraging people to saddle up on the day and to take in all that the region has to offer.

"It's also apt that there will be great entertainment in Millstreet for cyclists on the day as it will host the biggest circus arts festival in the world. The European Juggling convention will be held and, no doubt, there will be some great fun to be had as cyclists take a break," Added Ms Walsh.

As an avid cyclist himself, John Feerick, MD of The Corkman, is another who is looking forward to the cycle.

"The passion of cycling has truly gripped the country and, of course, Duhallow is no exception," said John. "The IRD Duhallow sportive, which has two designated routes of 50km and 100km, have been carefully thought out in order to offer participating cyclists their own personal challenge on the day."

The 50km route will leave from the James O'Keeffe Institute in Newmarket and cyclists will go to Ballydesmond, Kiskeam, Boherbue, Kanturk and back to the Newmarket. There will be a stopover in Boherbue where cyclists can get refreshments and a breather before getting back on their bicycles.

The 100km route will attract the competitive and indeed seasoned cyclists. For this cyclists will again start out at the James O'Keeffe Institute and then make their way towards Ballydesmond, Knocknagree, Rathmore, Ballydaly and there will be a stopover in Millstreet. Then it's back on the bicycles and onwards to Kilcorney, Nadd, Banteer, Clonmeen, Roskeen, Biddy's Green, Kanturk and back to Newmarket.

In addition to the 50km and 100km cycle routes, Ms Walsh said with a smile that anyone who wants to do a shorter route, there will be a short walk or indeed a cycle to the Island Wood, which is just a stone's throw from the James O'Keeffe Institute in Newmarket.

Both the 50km and 100km cycles will be chip timed and this means each cyclist can track their own times and progress in just one or both routes.

So, it's time to get on your bike and make the Duhallow Sportive your personal challenge. Registration is essential and can be completed at www.fitmagazine.ie or by phoning Laura Corcoran at IRD Duhallow on 029 60633.

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