The tenth annual Ladies Lough Gill Tour took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday 30th of September. Almost 100 women turned out in this ladies only event in aid of the St John’s Hospital, Sligo – Rickshaw fund.
The cyclists were on their way shortly after 11am and headed for Dromahair via Slish wood and continued on the scenic road passing the Lake Isle of Innisfree. The island nestled in the morning autumnal sunlight on what was a very pleasant day for cycling.
Although some of the women were finding the hilly terrain quite a challenge, the entire group reached Dromahair within an hour and gladly availed of the food-stop provided at The Blue Devon Pub in this picturesque little village.
Caroline Brennan, Violet McDermott and Nora Redmond get ready for the Tour of Lough Gill
Fully replenished with home made scones and Pam Benson’s now world-famous biscuit cake, our riders then tackled the undulating road towards Parkes Castle and Deer Park hill-climb. At Clogherevagh crossroads the riders could then look forward to a relatively downhill run into Sligo Town.
Most of the field then assembled in a group at Ballinode before riding through Sligo town in very colourful formation indeed.
Although extensive street road works in Sligo town hampered the tour slightly, the riders climbed Pearse road, Cleveragh road and Cemetery road before emerging for the final 400 metre push to the finish line at The Sligo Park Hotel.
On completing the tour the women were treated to a meal of tea, coffee and a selection of sandwiches back at The Sligo Park Hotel and all agreed that this 10th Ladies Tour of Lough Gill was by far the most successful to date.
Innisfree Wheelers would like to thank all who helped make this such a success: Most importantly the 100 participants, who gave up their Saturday to ride and donate to this great event. The many male members of IWCC who assisted in sign-on and marshalling, The Sligo Park Hotel, Sligo Sports Partnership, Women in Sport, The Blue Devon, Dromahair, Sligo Civil Defence Ambulance, Padraig Davey backup van, Kevin Egan Cars, lead car and those who sponsored items for the goody bags including Gary’s Cycles.– and many more not mentioned here.
This very successful tour concluded the local tour events organised by IWCC this year and the club will now focus on the winter training period and of course plan the many social activities that we take part in during those long winter nights!