As the year gets underway there is much talk about fitness, transformation and the great outdoors. Many of you have already dusted off the cobwebs of winter and have begun to train; others might need a little gentle encouragement to get started. We have wonderful things planned for you this year so hopefully that will be all the encouragement you’ll need.
Over the past months we have been working on your suggestions and comments and we are confident that this, our fourth cycle, will be a spectacular event. Last year we introduced a choice of cycle distances allowing for a variety of levels of fitness. This year we’ve changed our routes in order to best showcase the beauty of Mayo while offering cyclists a challenging, enjoyable, interesting and varied route.
So what do we have for you? Our first route is beautifully scenic and great for the beginner who just wants to give it a go for the first time. It’s 51km and there are lots of downhills so there will be plenty of opportunity for free wheeling! The route is a loop: Castlebar – Glenisland – Beltra – Glenhest – Newport – Castlebar.
The second of our new routes is 111km and has a real wow factor as it takes in the beautifully scenic coastal areas of Mulranny and Achill Sound. The route is as follows: Castlebar – Newport – Mulranny – Achill Sound – Corraun – Mulranny – Newport – Castlebar.
Definitely for the more experienced cyclists, the third route takes in the beautiful coastal town of Mulranny, the scenic lakes of north Mayo and the spectacular coastline around the Céide Fields and Downpatrick. The route is 175km and is as follows: Castlebar – Newport – Mulranny – Ballycroy – Bangor Erris – Barnatra – Glenamoy (approx. half way mark) – Belderg – Ballycastle – Moygownagh – Crossmolina – Lahardaune – Pontoon – Castlebar.
All the money raised by you over the last three years has gone directly to funding breast cancer research in NUIG and you can be assured that your contribution will make a significant difference for the future of women. In order for us to continue this support we need you to cycle and we need you to encourage friends and family to do the same. Imagine how it would be if every cyclist brought just one person with them. In this year of The Gathering why not encourage others to come to Mayo for the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Keep an eye on our website http://www.mayopinkribbon.ie/ for event updates and cycling tips or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Click HERE to download your entry form. We’d be grateful if you could return it to us with all fields completed (including signature).
Don’t be shy about forwarding this and attachment to all potential cyclists in your address book! Looking forward to a great day of cycling and fun,
The Mayo Pink Ribbon Team.