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“Flakanders” 2017

posted 26 Mar 2017, 14:01 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 31 Mar 2017, 11:57 ]
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 26th March 2017)   
Next Sunday, April 2nd is one of the biggest days in professional cycle racing with the full-timers taking on the Belgian cobbled classic, The Tour of Flanders. Ever since 17 Wheelers participated in the sportive associated with this great race in 2011 the club has set aside the Flanders Sunday each year to stage the Lakeside Wheelers version of this great race. This has now become known as “Flakanders” and in homage to the Belgian race the route incorporates as many small, narrow and hilly roads as possible within a 25km radius of Mullingar. This year’s route is approx. 125km in length and is broken into two sections.

The first section will see the riders head in a Westerly direction towards Loughnavalley then turn right for Ballymahon before heading West again for Balllymore along a narrow lumpy road. From here the route turns back to Loughnavalley where it veers left for Ballynacarrigy then right in the direction of Mullingar. However, another left turn brings the peloton to Laragh Hill and once over this nasty drag it is on to the dreaded Skeagh Hill where the riders will turn for Mullingar again before turning left in Ballinea for Coolnahay Bridge where they will stop for refreshments. 
Part two sees the spin head cross-country to Multyfarnham for the first ascent of Mornington Hill before it tackles Whitehall Hill via Crookedwood. Once over Whitehall the finish line is now in sight but first the groups must return to Mornington Hill then drop down to ascend the Piggery Hill before heading back to the clubhouse. This well designed route leaves an option to turn for home from Crookedwood if the legs are not up to the 125km but it is hoped that everybody will give this great event a go. The full route includes 1250 metres of ascending so no shortage of hills in the Midlands. See route map below.

In order to accommodate the slightly longer distance than is usual for a normal Sunday spin the Flakanders trip will depart the Barracks at 8am and everybody is asked to bring their own food. There will also be a nominal fee of 2 or 3 Euros per person to cover associated expenses. It is also important to note that this tribute cycle will not be marshalled and is really just an alternative but novel Sunday spin which has brought great enjoyment to many riders over the years. There will be back-up supplied and it is possible to leave spare wheels etc in this vehicle if you so wish.

So, please remember....8am start and bring your own food plus a couple of Euros for entry. Enjoy the spin!

Tour of Flakanders Route Map
2017 Tour of Flakanders Route Map - Click the map or HERE for interactive version of the map.

For those who would like to get a flavour of the day but maybe not quite so much of the hardship, there's also an 80km route option - see route map below.  The 80k version starts from the club-house at 9am.

Tour of Flaklanders 2017 80km route.
2017 Tour of Flakanders 80km Route Map - Click the map or HERE for interactive version of the map.

The 2016 Flaklanders Crew all nice and clean before the event.