Laois’s newest and most exciting cycle event will start at Portlaoise Rugby Club, Togher on Sunday 19th August.
Participants will be able to choose between 100km, 40km and 5km routes and all proceeds raised will go to the Cuisle Cancer Support Centre in Portlaoise.
Cyclists taking part in the 100km ‘Climb the Cut Challenge’ will sign on from 9am at Portlaoise Rugby Club. They will depart at 10am with a motorcycle escort. The route will take them to Ballyfin and Mountrath and on to the Slieve Bloom mountains. They will tackle the challenging climb known as ‘The Cut’ and proceed towards Kinnitty where refreshments will be available at the spectacular setting of Kinnitty castle. Cyclists will return to Portlaoise via another challenging climb known as ‘Wolftrap’.
Those who are tackling the 40km cycle will sign on in the Rugby Club at 10am and depart with their motorcycle escort at 11am. After passing through the town the cyclists will proceed towards Mountmellick, Ballyfin and back towards Portlaoise. With no major climbs to contend with this looks to be a fun challenge and a great way to work up an appetite for the tea and refreshments back at the Rugby Club. To complete the day’s activities a High Nelly and Family spin will leave the Rugby Club at 2pm to take a tour of the town. All bicycles of all shapes and sizes and all cyclists young and old are welcome to participate.
The entry fee will be €20 for an individual, €25 for a family and €10 for those participating in the High Nelly cycle.
All proceeds raised will go directly to The Cuisle Cancer Support Centre in Portlaoise. The Cuisle Centre offers professional support to cancer patients and their families. All services are provided free of charge and fundraising is essential in order for the centre to continue.
Event Organiser, William Telford, commented “We’re delighted to announce the launch of The Cuisle Cycle Challenge, with three routes to choose from it will be a great day out for everyone involved with all proceeds going to a very worthy cause. The Cuisle Centre is an invaluable source of support to those affected by cancer and relies solely on the generosity and support of the community.”
For route maps, guidelines and more information visit www.facebook.com/CuisleCycleChallenge
For more information contact William Telford on 087 2302461