Published 02/04/2013 | 05:40
Over sixty enthusiastic young cyclists took part in an Easter Cycling Camp organised by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership as part of the build up to the An Post Tour of Sligo Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 4th.
Ian Baraclough, Sligo Rovers manager, who will be special guest at the An Post Tour of Sligo Family Fun Day, visited the Easter Cycling Camp and encouraged all the young enthusiastic cyclists, their families and the wider community in Sligo to take part in the An Post Tour of Sligo. A cyclist himself, he remarked on the popularity of cycling in Sligo and wished all involved in the planning of the event every success.
Last year, the Family Fun Day was introduced as part of the An Post Cycle for the first time and was an outstanding success with over 500 participants of all ages involved.
"It's all about fun, taking part and giving children a positive introduction to cycling at an early age", says Deirdre Lavin, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership.
"Children of 9 years and upwards can take part in the 10k Hazelwood Spin while those of 6 years and over can cycle the 2K Bike Trail in the grounds of the Institute of Technology Sligo, which is a new event for 2013. In addition, the 10K also affords adults who are relatively new to cycling an opportunity to get involved," she explains.
Apart from the cycling events, there will be a great range of entertainment for families and children of all ages including stilt walkers, unicyclists, jugglers, clowns, face painters, bicycle smoothie makers, balloon puppeteers, bicycle bubbles and games for everyone. Cyclists will also have a chance to take part in fun skills and drills and time trials. A BMX display from some local and talented cyclists will be on show. The entertainment highlight will feature 'Cirque de Sally', a spectacular show from a cycling acrobat with a sensational display of stunt cycling and acrobatics.
The An Post Tour of Sligo organising committee acknowledge the support for the Family Fun Day of the Sligo Borough Council 400 Committee. The organising committee is also encouraging cyclists to raise some sponsorship for the Friends of Sligo Regional Hospital, the nominated charity for the event.
All cyclists taking part in the Family Fun Day on May 4th and the 60k/100K/160K on Sunday, May 5th are advised to register for the event and to get training in preparation for the Tour. A roadworthy bicycle and helmet are all that is required to get started.
For further information please contact www.tourofsligo.ie or 071 9161511.