All roads lead to Destination Westport for the Cycling Ireland Cyclocross Series hosted by Westport Covey Wheelers next Saturday November 19th.
Connacht get to stage the first round of the newly created National Cyclocross series and it will be the biggest Cyclocross event to be held West of the Shannon in 2022. Westport Country Lodge Hotel have kindly given Westport Covey Wheelers the use of their 26 acre footgolf course, with every category of rider catered for from U6 to over 60 it’s sure to be a great day out for riders, spectators and families.
CycloCross is an event which takes place on grassy parks or field type circuits and requires participants to cycle or run (with their bike) as quickly as possible around a short technical circuit . Expect to see cyclists negotiate twists and turns, jumps and tricky descents, making it a fantastic spectacle for spectators.
In Belgium and Holland this discipline of cycling is treated like a festival with loud music, food tents and where fanclubs set up shop selling their riders and teams merchandise, spectators pay for the privilege of watching their favourite cycling gladiators battle the mud and terrain much like the way we pay to watch our favourite GAA player or team.
The course, a 2.5km circuit, is built on the 26 acre Foot golf grounds to the front of the Hotel. Kids up to 12 years of age can use any kind of bike as long as their machine gets grip on the grass, so it is a great opportunity for all youths to try out this type of cycling in a safe and very atmospheric friendly environment. The course can be viewed from the comfort of Hotel, but to really catch some of the spills and thrills, throw on the boots and get up close and cheer on the competitors and don’t forget the cowbells and maybe the umbrella!
Register to participate in the event on the link HERE
The outline schedule for the day is below:
09:00 Registration opens
09:00 Course open for practice
09:50 U6s fun race
10:00 Under 8s
10:15 Under 10s
10:35 Under 12s
11:00 Prize giving for U8s, U10s, U12s
11:00 Course open for practice
11:20 Call up for Under 14s, Under 16s
11:30 Under 16 boys, Under 14 boys, Under 16 girls, Under 14 girls
12:10 Prize giving for U14s, U16s
12:10 Course open for practice
12:30 Call up for Junior men, Women, M50s, M60s, Men’s B’ race
12:40 Junior men, Women, M50s, M60s, Men’s B’ race
13:30 Prize giving for Junior men, Women, M50s, M60s, Men’s B’ race
13:30 Course open for practice
13:50 Call up for Senior Men, M40s
14:00 Senior Men, M40s
15:00 Prize giving for Senior men, M40s
For more details contact event organiser Anthony Murray Westport Covey Wheelers at 0874500802 or call to Westport Bike Shop Newport Rd, Westport.