Three Counties Cycle Tour on the 10th of September
Innisfree Wheelers Three Counties Tour takes place on Saturday the 10th of September 2022, commencing from The Mercy College Gym, Convent Hill, Sligo at 10am.
This event is one of the oldest leisure cycling events in the North West. Started by club stalwart John Greene long before the club was founded back in the mid-nineties. John initiated this cycle to raise funds for local charities, and this year Innisfree Wheelers are partnering with a very worthy local charity – The Acquired Brain Injury Unit in Sligo.
The 85km event starting at The Mercy College, just off Pearse road at 10am taking in the breath-taking scenery of Counties Sligo, Leitrim, and Roscommon. Entry fee (online only) is €30 for Cycling Ireland members and €40 for non-members.
The 85km event will suit the most 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 this event, cyclists will witness spectacular views of Knocknarea Mountain, Lough Gill, Lough Allen, The Ox Mountains and Arigna Mountains.
The start from the Mercy College (just off Pearse Road), will be controlled by a lead car as far as the Carraroe roundabout. 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 route, they continue straight through Ballygawley and then pass through the villages of Sooey, Gleann, Geevagh and Ballyfarnon before arriving in Keadue. Here the cyclists will stop for a deserved food break in Saint Ronan’s Hall in Keadue village. Apart from being once the tidiest village in Ireland, Keadue is also the birthplace of the famous harpist O’Carolan!
From Keadue they will head for Drumkeerin and then in the direction of the beautiful village of Dromahair. It’s a very scenic last 20 kilometres then by the shores of Lough Gill and the iconic Parkes Castle. Then there is a slight uphill at the Deer Park.
However, when they hit the top of this slight climb it is downhill all the way past lovely Colgagh Lake and back to Sligo Town, to finish at The Mercy College just off Pearse Road. Here the riders will be treated to a tasty hot meal for all their efforts.