The 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series was launched at the weekend by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan, TD.
There is no backing from An Post this year but the Cycle Series will continue in 2017, managed by the Local Sports Partnerships in each of five locations.
This is the 9th year of the Sport Ireland Cycle Series which encourages people of all fitness levels to get physically active by getting on their bikes and taking part in fun cycling events across the country between May and September.
The Sport Ireland Cycle Series will take place in Sligo, Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork and is coordinated by Local Sports Partnerships in conjunction with their city, county and cycling club partners.
Family routes will be approximately 10kms while short, medium and long distance routes will be approximately 60kms, 100kms and 160kms.
Since 2009 Sport Ireland and the Local Sports Partnerships have been supporting recreational cycling across the country through the Sport Ireland Series.
Last year over 15,300 riders from all over Ireland took part in the Cycle Series and participation is expected to grow even further this year.
Over the years cycling has moved from being a minority activity in Ireland to that of a broad popular activity which appeals to all ages.
The 2015 Irish Sports Monitor revealed that approximately 195,000 adults take part in cycling for sport or recreation at least once a week.
“I am delighted to announce the launch of the 2017 Sport Ireland Cycle Series,” said Minister O’Donovan.
“It is great to see the series returning for a 9th year and this clearly demonstrates the growing popularity of cycling as a sport. Each event has a great selection of routes for all levels to enjoy so I would encourage everyone to sign up and get out on the bike over the summer months.”
“We are delighted to be bringing the Sport Ireland Cycle Series around the country for the summer,” added Sport ireland CEO John Treacy.
“I would encourage everyone, no matter what your ability of cycling to take part. There is a fantastic array of routes to choose from and I have seen what a great day out this can be for family and friends.”