It’s Leinster Loop Time!

The excitement is rising on the eve of the third Leinster Loop charity cycle sportive with cycling legend Stephen Roche, which will take place at Old Grange, Narraghmore on Sunday next, 19th August 2012. At this stage there are cyclists on all roads each evening.

The excitement is rising on the eve of the third Leinster Loop charity cycle sportive with cycling legend Stephen Roche, which will take place at Old Grange, Narraghmore on Sunday next, 19th August 2012. At this stage there are cyclists on all roads each evening.

You can choose your preferred route, over 130 kms, 90 kms, 50 kms or get all the family out for the fun 12 km cycle. Stephen will be riding with each of the groups during the day; John Doyle is planning to ride the family fun cycle, while Emer Fogarty is down to ride the 50 km route. You can register & get all the details on www.leinsterloop.com. Preparation for the day of the Leinster Loop cycle is very important to ensure you enjoy the experience and finish safely. Registration and sign-on takes place in St Laurence’s Community Complex on Saturday, 18th August (the day before the cycle) from 5 pm to 7 pm and again from 8am on the big day.

It is important to complete the sign-on process (even if you have already registered on-line), get your event number and Leinster Loop pack and learn of the parking, feeding and other event arrangements – so please arrive early. Stephen Roche will be holding a book signing during the sign-on Saturday evening from 5 pm to 7 pm. His new book Born to Ride is an excellent read and has already become a top seller here. The book signing is a great opportunity to meet this true sporting legend, to buy his book and have it autographed and even get a photo or two. To make sure you know how to find St Laurences Community Complex, full details are on www.leinterloop.com.

In the next few days you should carry out a thorough check of your bike, ensuring gears and brakes are in full working order, ensure you have good tyres, a pump and a spare tube and lubricate your chain, wheel axles etc. It’s a good idea to check the weather forecast and ensure you have the appropriate clothing for the day. A light fold-away rain jacket is always a good idea - and a change of clothes for after the cycle as showers are available. Hot food will be provided after the cycle – so you’re very welcome to relax & enjoy the atmosphere.

A helmet is compulsory for all cyclists, so make sure it’s packed! Hydration during the event is very important, so we suggest two water bottles for the 130 km and 90 km routes. Water will be provided at the 50km mark and there is a well timed foodstop in Carlow for these routes. To familiarise you with your cycle route we have maps on our website & at registration. We have lead cars, medical support, and broom wagons - all routes are sign posted and marshalled. Enjoyment and a sense of achievement are the cornerstones of the Leinster Loop, so come and enjoy the experience of riding with Stephen Roche, John Doyle, Emer Fogarty and Padraig Fogarty and be ready for a photo and an autograph of some true sporting legends at the end!

Full details and on-line entry for the Leinster Loop are on www.leinsterloop.com.

We’ve a great prize for one online entrant – a week in Mallorca in Stephen Roche’s cycle training camp – a great incentive to register online – you can however register in person on Saturday 18th from 5-7pm & on Sunday morning. Don’t forget that all funds raised are for The National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI) and St Laurence’s Community Complex (our venue). Sunday 19th August - a fun and healthy day for all the family - so grab your bike & helmet and participate in this great event.