Preparations well underway in Boyle for popular Lough Key Sportive on Sunday
The Lough Key Classic Sportive is taking place next weekend. Organised by local cycling club Curlieu Wheelers, the cycle on Sunday will cover two distances 120k for the more experienced cyclist and 70k for those who like a challenge.
Curlieu Wheelers Chairman Declan Noone said that following the success of the last four Classics, this year's sportive should attract a large number of cyclists to Boyle.
He said: "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.
"This is a great event for Boyle and one that is now established on the town's calendar," he added.
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 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 18s 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 12th 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.