The annual Croí Corrib Cycle will take place once again this summer with a special, limited-capacity ride-out taking place on 11 July.
Following the cancellation of last year’s cycle, the hugely popular fundraising event for heart and stroke charity Croí will start and finish in the picturesque village of Maam Cross this summer.
With so many people eager to get out and see the world again, and with such a scenic itinerary and a great cause to support, interest is expected to be intense this year.
In line with COVID-19 guidelines, places will be limited to a maximum of 300 participants and start times will be staggered to allow for social distancing.
There will be two routes to choose from – an 80km and a 110km option.
Both routes will start and finish within the grounds of Peacockes Hotel in Maam Cross. The 80km route will take cyclists from Maam Cross, towards Leenane, along Loch na Fooey, towards Finny, Clonbur, Cornamona and finishing back in Maam Cross.
The 110km route will take cyclists along a similar starting route before venturing to Toormakeady, Maumtrasna, Clonbur and returning to Maam Cross.
Christine Flanagan, Croí Fundraising Director, said that she is thrilled to be hosting events in the real world once again.
“We are delighted that our first physical fundraising event of the year will be our cycle on July 11,” said Christine.
“This cycle is synonymous with Croí and we are really looking forward to getting people back safely on their bikes and on the roads around Maam Cross.
“All funds raised from this event are vitally important to us to ensure that we can continue our work at Croí, leading the fight against heart disease and stroke in the West of Ireland.”
Registration costs €150, of which €50 is to be paid upon registration. Participants then have the option to either fundraise the additional €100 or pay the full amount on registration.
Roadside assistance, support vehicles, refreshment stops and post-cycle food will be provided on the day, with social distancing and safety precautions uppermost in mind.
All registered cyclists will receive a specially-designed Croí cycle jersey, water bottle and face covering, as well as being entered into a raffle to win a fantastic cycling equipment package courtesy of West Side Cycles.
Croí Corrib Cycle is now in its 27th year, and the charity is proud that Corrib Oil has been its primary sponsor since the very first ride-out in 1995.