This year’s Co Longford Cycle Tour is set to take place on September 4th at 12 noon. The event was originally the brainchild of local Councillor John Duffy after he witnessed a staggering 15,000 participants at a similar event in New York’s Central Park. The Longford Sports Partnership body were intrigued by the concept and were appointed the task of implementing it locally. Last year was their inaugural year to organise it and 150 entrants were registered for it.
The Longford equivalent is structured in such a way that it appeals to both recreational and competitive circles. Siobhan McGuiness from the LSP detailed the event when talking to the Leader. “There will be two distances – a 15km race which is targeted at families and those who cycle for pleasure and a 50km race which is more appropriate for the more competitive cyclists,” she explained.
Those who are contemplating participation this year are required to complete a registration form which can be obtained via their online site at www.longfordsports.ie or they can be sourced in libraries or at the town and county council offices. The admission costs are determined according to the distance you wish to enter at. The 15km will produce an expense of €10 while the more adventurous 50km race is priced at €15. There is also a concession associated with the family package where a family of four entering will amount to an entry cost of €25. The access to registration ceases on the 11th August, so don’t delay. Routes and all other race related information is on their website also.
“We were grateful to receive funding from the Irish Sports Council last year and they have volunteered to do so again this year. The Midwest road cycling club were also a great help to us throughout,” she concluded.