It’s been an annual event since it was introduced as a great idea to the public here in August 2007. From the outset it welcomed the man and woman with the common bike as much as it did those with the racers.
A bunch of 120 cyclists of all abilities set off as the clock lurked dangerously close to 10am this Sunday morning on the tenth annual Castleisland Day Care Centre Fundraising Cycle.
There was great enthusiasm and jollity as former Kerry, Rás Tailteann team cyclist, Éamonn Breen had a bet to consider as he pulled the line together several times as the hour approached. He won his bet and away they went and just before a gathering mist came and went in a matter of minutes.
The number of cyclists taking part looked great as a bunch. However it was down in number by about 30 on last year’s turnout – and down on the 200 or so of a couple of years ago.
The organisers, like those of similar events through the country, are facing the dilemma of wondering how they can cope with so many other counter attractions and restore their numbers to the level of a few short years ago.
There were three routes, 15 km, 45km, and 80km, catering for all levels of cyclists.
The short route is run over 15km. This route is ideal for families and children are encouraged to come along with their parents to savour the atmosphere of a cycling event.
The middle route is 45km and, for the cycling enthusiasts, there is an 80km route.
No Racing Involved
There was no racing involved and the emphasis was placed on a leisure and fun event to be enjoyed by all.
Refreshments were served at Castleisland Day Care Centre before and after the event and there were food stations along the cycle routes.
As of now, cyclists dedicated to the cause of the centre will mark off All-Ireland Hurling final Sunday for the 2017 cycle. In the meantime the organisers from Currow Cycling Club and the day care centre will ponder on how they can bump up the numbers for next year’s event.
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