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Canada Life Into the West Cycle Challenge

posted 9 Aug 2011, 15:13 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 12 Sept 2011, 15:13 ]
(By Joe Duffy) 
Entry  for the Canada Life Into the West Cycle Challeng 2011 is still open. This year we will have an exciting new jersey design for the first 150 entrants and we will stay in the 400 bedroom Carlton Hotel which has a beautiful leisure centre to help you relax when you arrive in Galway.

This will be the 17th year of the popular "Canada Life Into the West Cycle Challenge", in aid of the National Breast Cancer Research Institute (NBCRI). The challenge is to do the 300km cycle from Mullingar to Galway and back on Saturday/Sunday 10th and 11th September. There is a €60 entry fee and riders then raise a minimum sponsorship of €200 for Breast Cancer Research.  We have sponsorship cards and books of tickets for a car draw to help raise the money. 
Participants are provided with their hotel B&B plus evening dinner in the Carlton Hotel, Renmore Road Galway. The 400 bedroom hotel has a wonderful leisure centre which will be a great way to relax after your long cycle. After the celebration dinner we have music and craic in the hotel while some will head for the lively city center.
We have to restrict numbers to the first 300 entries in addition to a back up crew of about 25. There will be five groups on the road with backup vehicles and a number of Garda motor bikes.
Group 1,    leaves at 9am from the ORS building beside the Mullingar Park Hotel off the N4 Mullingar bypass,
                   - this is the slowest group and is for those who want a relaxed leisure pace.
Group 2,    leaves at 9.50am and is for regular leisure cyclists who prefer a moderate touring pace.
Group 3,    leaves at 10.10am. This groups is for touring cyclists who are fit and have a reasonable
                   amount of training done.
Group 4     leaves at 10:30am This group is for experienced riders. Average speed 19/20 mph.
Group 5     leaves at 10:50am and is for strong riders and average speed can be 20mph and over.
We have one stop on the way at Ballinasloe where we take a break for about half an hour.
The strength and experience of riders graduates from group 1 through to group 5 so it is important to choose the correct group to be in and not to over extend yourself. Remember if you find that the group you are in is not fast enough you can always drop back to a stronger group at the stop in Ballinasloe, however if you start with a group which is too strong and get dropped you must get into the support van.
For further information, entry forms or advice on which group to go in.   Contact:    Joe Duffy      Email: joe@nbcri.ie    or    Phone: 086-8181919.
Did you see the Youtube video of the Canada Life Into the West Cycle Challenge, its worth a look. ?  Go to  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udfaEM7cSuM , you might recognise some familiar faces.
Into The West 2011