Cyclists gear up for Castlecomer Challenge

Cyclists gear up for Castlecomer Challenge

Cyclists will be in seventh heaven when they tackle the Deenside Wheelers' Castlecomer Challenge.

Now in its seventh year, the Castlecomer club will take their Challenge across North Kilkenny on Sunday, October 16.

The Castlecomer Challenge caters for cyclists of all levels, with two distances to choose from. There will be a 50km challenge and a 100km challenge.  Both routes start and finish at the Erin’s Own GAA Grounds in Ballycomey, Castlecomer.

The 50km Challenge starts in Castlecomer and goes through Ballinakill, Ballyouskil and Ballyraggett, where there will be a food stop. Cyclists will go on to Hennebry's Cross before returning to Castlecomer. The 100km Challenge leaves Castlecomer and travels on to Athy and Stradbally. Following a food stop cyclists will continue on to Ballyroan, Abbeyleix, Ballyouskil and Ballyraggett before tackling a climb on the return to Castlecomer.

There will be top facilities on offer before, during and after the cycles, with mechanical support on the road, signposting, lead car and full stewarding and marshalling.

The 100km cycle will start at 10am, with the 50km cycle starting at 11am. Entrance fee is €25 on the day, with registration available from 8.30am. An additional €2 is payable to take out a one-day Cycling Ireland licence. It is mandatory for all participants taking part in this event to hold either an annual licence or a one day licence.