Tour de Foothills a great success

More than 400 cyclists took part in the 3rd Annual Kare Tour De foothills Cycle Challenge on Sunday last, April 17.

More than 400 cyclists took part in the 3rd Annual Kare Tour De foothills Cycle Challenge on Sunday last, April 17.

Starting at the Naas GAA Centre on the Sallins road, there were three different routes.

While more serious cyclists did the 100km route, the 50km and 20km routes were aimed at families and less experienced cyclists.

The 100km route went from Naas to Blessington, and from there around the lake to Ballyknockan, Vallymount, over the hill into Hollywood, left at Dragoonhill into Donard, before taking a left into the Glen of Imaal before heading back across the N81 into Randalstown, Dunlavin, Grange Beg, Brannockstown, Carnalway and back into Naas via the Kilcullen road and the ringroad.

The 50 km started the same but after the challenging loop around the lake they returned to Naas.

And the 20km route left Naas and headed out through Sallins, taking a left and heading over to Millicent.

At Millicent the route turned left again and came back into Naas via the canal.

This reporter completed the 100km. As well as being quite challenging in parts, it also provided cyclists with the best scenery that West Wicklow has to offer.

Unfortunatly the snow-damaged roads made the going tougher than it would have otherwise been.

But otherwise it was a good day in the saddle.

While the best cyclists, including former professional cyclist and Tour de France Stage winner Martin Earley took just a little over three hours to complete the 100kms, most arrived back in less than four hours.

KARE’s John Ryan told the Leinster Leader that approximately 450 cyclists took part and that it was hoped that the event would bring in excess of E20,000 into the charity.

“We’re delighted with how it went,” he revealed. “It looked great, with that many cyclists. Going by Tesco on the morning , it looked very well,” he added.