CYCLING fanatics have been urged to get on their bikes and take on the Castlecomer Challenge.
Local club Deenside Wheelers will host the fifth offering of their fund-raising Challenge on Sunday, October 20.
The annual event, designed to help local charities, is open to cyclists of all abilities. All monies raised on the day will go to the Castlecomer Day Care Centre and SOS Castlecomer.
As well as the traditional 50km and 100km challenges, organiser have this year included a 30km challenge to encourage more beginners and families to participate. All routes start and finish at the Erin’s Own GAA club grounds (Ballycomey). Facilities will be available before, during and after the cycles, with mechanical support on the road, lead car and full stewarding and marshalling with well-signed routes.
Cyclists who tackle the 50km Challenge will leave Castlecomer and travel to Killeshin and on to Carlow, Arles and the Pedigree Corner before returning to Castlecomer. There will be a food stop in Arles. Described as a great route for the beginner cyclist, the only major climb is at The Rushes, which is at the 35km mark.
The 100km Challenge breaks away at Arles and moves on to Stradbally and Abbeyleix, travelling on to Ballinakill before returning via Ballyragget. With a food stop in Stradbally, the only major climb on this rolling route comes on the route back from Ballyragget to Castlecomer.
The 30km Challenge takes cyclists out of Castlecomer and on to Crettyard (Newtown), travelling on to The Swan before returning to ’Comer via Clogh.
Entrance fee is €20 for the 50km and 100km routes and €10 for the 30km Challenge (youths €5), with registration from 8.30am at Ballycomey on the day. There is an additional €2 payable on the day for cyclists who do not have an annual Cycling Ireland License. It is mandatory for all participants taking part in this event to hold either an annual license or a one day license. All under-16s must also be accompanied by an adult.
The 100km Challenge will start at 10am, followed by the 50km event at 11am and the 30km Challenge at 12 noon.
Further information on the Castlecomer Challenge, as well as route maps, is available from www.deensidewheelers.com