Dragon Sportive to spread its wings
It's onwards and upwards for the Dragon Sportive in Enniscorthy, which has been selected to be part of the inaugural nationwide Skoda Cycle Series for 2014.
Last year's Dragon Sportive was a massive hit, with 320 cyclists taking part in the charity ride in aid of St Vincent de Paul.
Now in its second year, the Dragon, sponsored by Future Nutrition, has been given an extra dimension as it proudly takes it place on the Skoda Cycle Series, in association with INM Regionals, which was launched last week in Dublin with top model Vogue Williams.
The series will kick off in April and will run until August, offering two course distances ranging from 50-80km to suit novice cyclists and 100-160km challenges for more seasoned bike riders. Like last year, the Dragon in Enniscorthy will take in 75km and 130km routes.
The series of events is designed to help leisure cyclists improve over the series and all cyclists will be chip-timed so they can record their progress. Starting in Sligo on April 5 and finishing in Dundalk on August 31, the series will also include events in Wicklow, Kerry, Enniscorthy (June 29), Westport and Cork.
With prizes on offer in various categories for riders who take part in a minimum of three events, there is a massive incentive for cyclists to test their ability across a number of events.
Each event is tied to a charity, with the Dragon Sportive in Enniscorthy delighted to be helping St Vincent de Paul yet again.
Kevin McCarthy, dealer principal of Donohoe Skoda in Enniscorthy, said: 'We are delighted Wexford has been selected to host one of the Skoda Cycle Series events. An excellent route has been selected that will showcase the most breathtaking scenery Wexford has to offer.
'We are expecting hundreds of cyclists from all around the country for the event and that is certain to give the local economy a major boost.'
Online entries for the Dragon and other events are now open, visit www.fitmagazine.ie for more information.