Spring Classic 2019 – NOTE! Local Registration Friday 1st of March Clayton Hotel 6pm to 8pm
Innisfree Wheelers Spring Classic Sportive takes place on Sunday the 5th of May 2019 (Bank Holiday weekend), commencing from The Clayton Hotel, Clarion Road, Sligo. This was normally the day of the famous An Post Tour of Sligo, but sadly this is no longer taking place in Sligo. Innisfree Wheelers, however have stepped in to provide cyclists from the region with an attractive sportive which should suit all grades of leisure cyclists.
Choose from two routes of 80km and 120km taking in the breath-taking scenery of Counties Sligo, Leitrim and Roscommon. The first event, the 120km starts at 9am with the shorter 80km commencing at 10am.
The 120km event will suit the more experienced leisure cyclists. The course is designed to be suitable for good steady leisure riding, as there are no categorised climbs on any part of this scenic course. In the 120 km event, cyclists will witness spectacular views of Knocknarea Mountain, Lough Gill, Lough Allen, Lough Key, and The Ox Mountains and Arigna Mountains..
The start from the Clayton Hotel will be controlled by a lead car as far as the Carraroe roundabout in both events. From there the cyclists can take a view of the iconic Knocknarea Mountain on their right side as they peddle the undulating route out into the beautiful village of Ballygawley.
On the 120km route, they continue straight through Ballygawley and then pass through the villages of Sooey, Gleann, Geevagh and Ballyfarnon before arriving in one of Ireland’s tidiest towns – Keadue. Frome here, on to Drumshanbo and around beautiful Lough Allen to Dowra. From Dowra the cyclists have a slight climb to Drumkeerin where they will rest for a short while at the food stop. They are then on a common route with the 80km riders
From here they will go in the direction of Manorhamilton. They will pass through the peaceful village of Kilargue, nestling under the shadow of the nearby Mountains. After another few kilometres they will again turn left. This will take them into the beautiful village of Dromahair via Kilcoosey
Both groups will then encounter the first and only climb of the day up via Shriff towards the old Manorhamilton road. This drag is about four kilometres. However when they hit the top road it is downhill all the way back to the Clayton hotel.
The 80km event is suitable for even the most novice of cyclists. Apart from the Shriff drag, it does not contain any serious climbs. It can be tackled and enjoyed at a very leisurely pace. The 80km riders will also follow the route out past Ballygawley and continue to the Coola junction where they turn left in the direction of Ballintogher.
On then through Killinummery and towards the Drumkeerin junction. They will ride into Drumkeerin for a leisurely coffee stop. They will then be on a common route to the 120km riders heading home via Killargue, Kilcoosey and Dromahair.
When the riders return to the Clayton Hotel they will have access to shower and changing facilities. They will also be treated to a hot meal with a choice of three dishes and a dessert thrown in. For those travelling the Clayton Hotel will provide very attractive overnight packages for cyclists and their friends or family. Entries will open on-line from 1st of March and places will be limited. So keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for further details of this exciting event.