The Great Galway Bike Ride is set to transform Galway on Sunday, June 19th. Organisers expect that 1,500 cyclists from all over the country will pedal their way through the city and outlying areas.
The Great Galway Bike Ride will attract cyclists of all ages and abilities. Participants will be offered a choice of cycle routes which are designed to cater for all levels of experience on the bike.
The cycle routes include the 30k Bearna Loop, the 60k Spiddal Block , the 100k Shan route and the more challenging 125k Â Gran Shan which will take cyclists through the spectacular Connemara landscape.
The Great Galway Bike Ride is being organised by Galway Bay Cycling Club. According to Club Chairman Nigel Forde, â€œThe Great Galway Bike Ride is being run in conjunction with The Galway Bike Festival which runs from the 11th â€“ 19th of June and as part of National Bike Week. We are passionate about cycling and about Galway. We aim to make it the biggest cycling event ever to take place in Galway.â€
Galway City Council has welcomed the event and is engaging with the organisers to ensure that signage, traffic management and other matters are facilitated and supported. Jim Molloy, Galway City Council had this to say, â€œThe Great Galway Bike Ride is a very positive initiative. Galway City Council is keen to promote the health, transport and tourism benefits of cycling and so we are engaging fully with the organisers to ensure the success of this event.â€
Consideration is also being given to the possibility of developing the cycle routes on a long-term basis so that they will be signed and mapped into the future.
Despite this being the inaugural Great Galway Bike Ride the event has already gathered the support of the local business community and the local authority.Â The organisers are very grateful to Bradley Renault (Main Sponsor), Cycling Ireland, Eyre Square Shopping Centre, Galway City Council, Galway Water, Galwegians Rugby Club, iSupply, Mxmedia, and Trattoria Magnetti for their valuable support.
Why not get on your bike and participate in one of these fantastic spins. To register for the event at go towww.greatgalwaybikeride.ieÂ Â or Facebook www.facebook.com/GreatGalwayBikeRide . You can also register in person for the event at the old Galway wall in the Eyre Square Centre on Saturday, 18th of June.