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Meath Heritage Cycle Tour - Don't miss out!

Date Released: 09 July 2018

10 years of cycling in Meath!! Did you know that the Meath Heritage Cycle tour is celebrating its 10th year this year. So if you haven`t already, here are the immediate steps you need to take to ensure that your enjoyment of the Meath Heritage Cycle tour will be a hugely positive experience:

 

  • Book the weekend of the 28th & 29th of July off! Take the kids, granny, granddad, the whole neighbourhood to the family spin at 5pm on the 28th – really enjoyable event for all ages (all children must be able to cycle independently and must be over 6yrs of age).
  • Select which distance you are going to do – maps and route information are available to view and download from http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/routes/ - overview of routes in text below.
  • For our 10th year we guarantee the same great value and standard of past years – make sure you avail of our early bird booking option – open until 19th July at 12 midnight online. Anyone wishing to register manually in our office or by post should ensure that their early bird entry is received by 5pm on this day.
  • If you are part of a cycling club – we are offering 2 places free with every 10 places booked or 1 free with every 5 places booked (that would be 10 + 2 or 5 + 1); this offers applies to cycling clubs only or registered cycling groups (must be registered with cycling Ireland)
  • Get out on the bike and get some miles into those legs – this is a sportif, it isn`t a race so time isn`t a huge issue; however the event does finish at 3pm (you will need to be back in Trim before 3pm).

Overview of routes:

100km Royal Tour –this new route was added in 2016 and does test the cyclist. Even with the new challenges, cyclists last year reported that they were happy with the 100k route and very much enjoyed it. In brief – 100km route commences at 8.30am from Castle street in Trim (under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle) and heads out the Dublin road, turning left for Bective onto Belinter towards Garlow Cross onto the old Navan/Dublin road. From here cyclists make their way out the Navan/Kentstown road  crossing this road, up Brownstown (1st climb) and down to Senchalstown (water stop), before coming out on the N2 and heading up through Slane (2nd climb) out the Collon road turning left for Sliabh Breagh and onto Grangegeeth ( 3rd climb). From Grangegeeth, cyclists head towards Tankardstown house, onto Wilkinstown for the food stop.

From the food stop, it`s home via Stackallen (4th climb), Deanhill (final climb), onto Johnstown Old, to Cannistown, to Bellinter, and Crocketts pub, eventually turning right onto Trim/Dublin road and home for a warm welcome and much needed refreshments in the marquee.

50km Tara Challenge –The 50k starts at 10.00am from Castle street in Trim (under the watchful eye of St John`s Castle) and heads out the Dublin road in the direction of Kilmessan, Bective and onto the famous Hill of Tara. This is the half way mark for the 50km route. From the top of the Hill, cyclists can enjoy majestic views of Ireland`s mythical east from the Hill of Slane (on your left where St Patrick lit the pascal fire) to the Hill of Slane (St. Columcille founded a monastery in the 6th century) not excluding the Hill of Tara itself (see link for more info regarding the Hill of Tara http://hilloftara.org/ ).

Once cyclists have been fed like a true High King, they descend the hill in the direction of Dunsany (passing by Dunsany Castle), onto the Trim/Dublin road heading towards the water stop in Kiltale GAA before turning at Jack Quinns on the homeward journey to Trim. Refreshments await your arrival in the marquee in Trim.

For details regarding elevation, exact location of food/water stops - please see http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/routes/ . Those using smart or iphones will be able to download the maps to their phones – ensuring that they remain on route.

In 2017, the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour was the third largest sportive in Ireland and the largest in Leinster. Don`t miss out....  Register your place now!

 

Don’t forget to avail of the early bird discount closing on the 19th July.  Entries close on the 25th of July. Entry for the 11km on Saturday 28th only from 2pm. See http://www.meathsports.ie/cycle-tour/

 

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