Donegal Bay Cycling Club is hosting its first sportive event on Sunday, April 21.
There are three route options which have been chosen to accommodate a wide range of cycling abilities while allowing participants enjoy some of Donegal’s most impressive scenery.
This event allows cyclists who intend to participate in the An Post Tour of Sligo on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
Sign-on location: Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town (parking available)
Sign-on time: Sunday, April 21, 8.30am to 9.30am
Cycle start location: The Diamond, Donegal Town.
Cycle start time: 10am
45km Route: This route is mostly flat with a few very gradual climbs to add some interest. Leaving Donegal Town cyclists make their way to Laghey in the direction of the famous Barnesmore Gap. After a food stop, we head towards Lough Eske and from there to the bottom of Mountcharles hill and Donegal Town. The route continues along the town by-pass before turning right at the Tullyearl Roundabout and along to the Abbey Vocational School.
90km Route: Leaving Donegal Town cyclists make their way along the town by-pass to the Killybegs Road. From there they continue to the Five Points via Dunkineely and Bruckless villages.
Turning right at the Five Points before descending the Nick into the village of Ardara (45km).
Cyclists will continue in the direction of Glenties, turning right at Kilraine. From there it’s Binbane followed by Frosses village, where cyclists take a left turn and head for Donegal Town via Drumconner. Following Mountcharles cyclists continue towards Donegal Town.
140km Route: This route is hilly with climbs at Mountcharles, lengesh (climbing from the Glencolmcille side) and Kilraine while the section between Killybegs and Glencolmcille involves a series of short sharp hills.
Leaving Donegal Town cyclists make their way along the town by-pass to the Killybegs Road. From there cyclists continue along the Mountcharles by-pass and on to the fishing port of Killybegs.
There is a gradual climb as far as the Blue Haven Hotel and onto the coast road to Kilcar, Carrick, Meenavean, Mailimore, Glencolmcille towards Glengesh, Ardara, Glenties.
From there it’s a gradual climb to the top of Binbane followed by a gradual descent via Frosses village and onto to Donegal Town via Drumconner.