News — 24 June 2013

Meath Local Sports Partnership welcomes the return of the An Post Meath Heritage Cycle Tour on Sunday 28th July 2013. Family Cycle Saturday 27th July.

Please Note: There will be NO registration facility on the weekend of the event (with the exception of the 11km Family Spin on Saturday 27th July)

The first cycle event of this kind in Meath was held in 2009 has run on an annual basis since; the event has been an outstanding success with almost 3000 cyclists of all ages and cycling abilities taking part in 2012.

So lets build on this and make it an even bigger and better event in 2013!

Routes
There are 4 routes in the event for 2013 –

  • 11 km Family Spin – (Open to All – Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult)- Saturday 27th July at 7pm
  • 50 km Tara Loop.
  • 100 km Royal Tour
  • 160 km Royal Challenge (actual distance 165 km)

The last two routes are only for the very experienced, the very fit, and those who relish a serious challenge. They require lots of stamina and cycling experience but, the sense of achievement on completion will make it all worthwhile.

All routes start and finish in the Heritage town of Trim.


Cyclists start on Castle street, Trim in front of the impressive St. Johns Castle, heading out to roundabout; at roundabout cyclists take the 3rd exit and proceed along the inner relief road. At Summerhill roundabout cyclists take the first exit onto the Summerhill road.
Cyclists have a straight spin for 3km on the R158 until they reach Laracor where they take a left turn onto the Rock Rd.. Cyclists don`t divert off this stretch of road until they reach the T – junction on the R154 at Jack Quinns pub which is a food stop. After the refreshments cyclists will turn left onto the R154 and head back towards Trim. Following the road into Trim cyclists pass by famous Echo Gate. Through the Knightsbrook Roundabout the cyclists are nearly home, its straight on to the finish at Castle Street.

 


Cyclists start on Castle Street, Trim in front of the impressive St. Johns Castle, heading out to roundabout straight through onto the Dublin road R154. Cyclists proceed for 5km before taking the left turn at Branganstown sign posted (Haymaker) road number L62034. From here it’s a relatively flat and straight spin to the t-junction in Kilmessan (11.7km). Turning right at this junction, cyclists follow the road through Kilmessan passing by the famed Station House restaurant. Having travelled approximately 16km in total, cyclists approach Bective crossroads taking a right towards Bellinter.
At Bellinter crossroads cyclists turn right heading towards their first climb. This steep incline brings cyclists to the Hill of Tara.
Food stop at Hill of Tara. After the food stop, cyclists have a nice easy down hill for approx 3.2km, straight through the crossroads up to a t-junction where they turn right. This is followed by a number of smaller turns, trip through forest road which eventually leads cyclists down past Dunsany castle and onto the outskirts of the village of Dunsany. A quick turn right and an immediate turn left brings cyclists back to Trim-Dublin road at Dunsany lodge. Turn right and straight through to the water stop in Kiltale.
After the cyclists have refreshed they turn left along the L6202 moving through Martintown and Freffans. At Ifferknock cyclists take a left towards Laracor. At Laracor cyclists turn right and it’s a 3km straight spin back into Trim. Cyclists arrive in Trim at the Summerhill roundabout (50km), from here it`s straight through up to the lights on Emmett St, turn right on to Market street and back to the finish on Castle St. Complete distance travelled is 52.2 km.

 


This is a new challenging and improved route for 2013. Cyclists start in Trim heading out the Dublin road R154 for 2km until Jack Quinn’s Pub is in sight, cyclists will take a left turn opposite the pub. This brings the cyclists towards Bective and the cross roads at Crockett’s pub. Straight through the cross roads, and onto Bellinter cross taking a right turn towards Tara. This is the first real challenge for cyclists as they have to attack the steep incline up to the Hill of Tara.
From Tara cyclists travel to Skryne where they take in some breath taking views and pass by the famous O’Connell’s pub (famed for the Christmas Guinness advertisement) turning left towards Boreen Lodge at 24km. Cyclists move towards Cusackstown and cross the R153 travelling to Brownstown. From Brownstown cyclists meet steep inclines and declines taking in Dean Hill and then up to Wiggers Cross at 37km. Cyclists have a nice spin to their first water stop in Gormanlough at 41km. After refreshments cyclists proceed to Kilberry and Donaghpatrick and from here join the R147 (Navan/Kells road). Cyclists are on the main road for 1km before taking a right turn headed for Bohermeen which is the food stop (59km). After Bohermeen cyclists travel to Rathmore. From Rathmore cyclists carry on through Athboy taking a left turn for Higginstown where they will have there last water stop at the Athboy Pitch and Putt Club (73km). After the stop it’s a straight road to Ballivor where cyclists travel through the village on to the Longwood road where cyclists have a fast spin into Trim to the finish.

 


This is the new and exciting 160km route. Cyclists start in Trim heading out the Dublin road R154 for 2km until Jack Quinn’s Pub is in sight, cyclists will take a left turn opposite the pub. Heading straight through the cross roads at Crocketts pub and onto Bellinter cross taking a right turn towards Tara. This is the first real challenge for cyclists as they have to attack the steep incline up to the Hill of Tara.
From Tara cyclists travel to Skryne where they take in some breath taking views and pass by the famous O’Connell’s pub (famed for the Christmas Guinness advertisement). Cyclists move through Edoxtown and Rathfeigh before they cross the N2. Cyclists now get the chance to open up and get a good 5km spin towards Duleek. At 35km cyclists get a chance to refuel at the water stop in Duleek school. After the water stop cyclists head towards Donore and then on to the Battle of the Boyne site which was fought in 1690 (40km). From here the cyclists take in the historic Newgrange and get an up close look at a designated world heritage site. After the glorious site of the Ancient Tomb cyclists push on to Grangegeeth. After the tough inclines cyclists take a left at Leaby Cross get to open up for 6km on flat road which brings them past Lobinstown and into Drumconrath. Drumconrath Community Centre at 83km gives cyclists the chance to refuel at the food stop. After refreshments cyclists take the road for Carrickmacross and take a sharp left heading back to Nobber. When they reach Nobber they take a left turn (across from the graveyard) on to the R162. Cyclists take a right turn to take them to Carlanstown and turn left for an open road of 5km to Oristown. Cyclists rejoin the 100km cyclists in Donaghpatrick and from here join the R147 (Navan/Kells road). Cyclists are on the main road for 1km before taking a right turn headed for Bohermeen which is the food stop (123km). After Bohermeen cyclists travel to Rathmore. From Rathmore cyclists carry on through Athboy taking a left turn for Higginstown where they will have there last water stop at the Athboy Pitch and Putt Club (138km). After the stop it’s a straight road to Ballivor where cyclists travel through the village on to the Longwood road where cyclists have a fast spin into Trim to the finish.

Event Information may change. For more detail, please refer to Meath Local Sports Partnership.

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