SSRP provides support for the hosting of cycling events, club development and club information.
An Post Tour of Sligo
SSRP hosts an annual mass participation cycling event which is part of the An Post Cycle Series and is supported nationally by the Irish Sports Council and An Post. There are 5 locations involved in the An Post Cycle Series – Sligo, Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork. The aim of the event is to get people of all ages and cycling experience involved in the event with the ultimate goal of staying active through the sport of cycling.
The An Post Tour of Sligo 2013 takes place annually over the May Bank Holiday weekend with the Family Fun Day and Hazelwood 10K on the Saturday followed by the longer events on the Sunday. The choice of distances include:
• 60k Lough Gill Circuit
• 100k Innisfree Tour
• 160k Ox Mountain Challenge
Cyclists of all ages and all fitness levels representing every county in Ireland and some oversees visitors take part with 2500 participants involved in 2013. The An Post Tour of Sligo affords the people of Sligo and visitors to the County the chance to enjoy stunning scenery ranging from majestic mountains to spectacular sea views from the saddle of a bike so why not be part of it !
Ladies Tour of Lough Gill
The Ladies Tour of Lough Gill is a women’s only cycling event which is organised annually each September by Innisfree Wheelers Cycling Club with support from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership. At national level the event receives support from the Irish Sports Council under the Women in Sport programme and the Health Service Executive Get Ireland Active initiative.
The event is particularly targeted at inactive women who wish to get fit through the sport of cycling. Each year Innisfree Wheelers Cycling Club organise training spins for beginner cyclists during August/ September in the lead up to the event
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership in association with Sligo Borough Council support the annual Department of Transport Bike Week initiative which is held annually each year in June. Bike Week is a cross-community effort to highlight cycling as a fun, cost effective and healthy way to travel. A number of initiatives take place annually during bike week which are open to all including youth cycling skills and drills, adult spins, cycle to work day, women on wheels programmes, teenage mountain biking etc.
Cycling Club Development
SSRP is committed to supporting the development of new cycling clubs in County Sligo. Support and grant aid assistance may be available for the establishment of cycling clubs which are affiliated to the National Governing Body (Cycling Ireland). Club development support is provided in areas including club planning, developing club structures, recruitment and training of volunteers and coaches, administration and development of new opportunities for increased participation in cycling.
Cycling Club Information:
Cycling Clubs in County Sligo include: