First past the post!
Sligo set to host country's first time trials
SLIGO will host the country's first cycling time trials later this month.
The event, which is organised and sponsored by Chain Driven Cycles, High Street, Sligo, takes place on Saturday, April 12th.
The event includes two time trials - one over six hours and the second over twelve hours.
Both trials will set off from the Teeling Centre, Collooney, at 8am.
The six hour route will run from Collooney, Ballygawley, Union Wood, Ballisodare and back to Collooney, a distance of 15.5km.
The twelve hour route over a distance of 190km will take the riders from Colooney to Longford, Roscommon, Mayo and back to Sligo via Charlestown.
Sligo cyclist, Sandra Deery from Ballisodare, is taking part in the 12 hour event. She will become the first Irish woman to undertake a time trial over this duration.
Sandra is currently preparing for a 24 hour time trial in England later this year.
One of the world's top ultra endurance cyclists, Chris Hopkinson, is travelling from the UK to take part in the 12 hour time trial.
And another well known endurance cyclist, Joe Barr from Northern Ireland, is also taking part.
Chris and Joe are doing the Sligo time trials as part of their preparations for the Race Aross America 3,000 mile event in July.
The event on April 12th will be the first in a series of time trials organised by Chain Driven Cycles.
The dates for the other trials are May 25th, June 15th and August 17th.
Anybody wishing to register for the time trials can call to Chain Driven Cyles shop at High Street.