2013 Event changed to September

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Bend in the road and its all clear

The event took place on the 2nd weekend in September.  This was a change from May.  2012 was a wet on so the weather is considered to be a little better in September.  The usual format for the registration, breakfast and set off was followed at St Ita’s Special School.  Everyone was looking forward to a good day out on the bike.  Weather was dry with the odd sunny spell forcast for the day.  Perfect.

Stage 1

 

Drogheda, Slane, Kells, Oldcastle.  37 miles duration 1 hour

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Route Notes

  • Road to Slane will get your tires well scrubbed in.
  • Slane to Kells is tight country roads and is a challenging road.   One junction at Kilberry Cross and it is a staggered crossroads
  • Kells to Oldcastle:- after you go through Ballinlough watch out for the right turn for Oldcastle this brings you over the mountain and is a great feature of this road.

 

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That way chaps.

Stage 2

Oldcastle, Mountnugent, Kilnaleck,  Bellenagh, Crossdowney, Arva, Carricgallen, Ballinamore,  45 miles duration 1h 5m

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Route notes

  • Oldcastle to Bellanagh is a great biking road
  • After Crossdowney the road takes a left for Arvagh.  Here is one of the best roads of the day.  Corners are tight and just roll on and off the throttle in 2nd gear.
  • BEWARE.  About 6 miles out on the R204 on the way to Ballinamore you will see a small lake in front of you. (Drumcours Lough) there is a very tight left turn.  Watch out for it as the road appears to go straight ahead but it is in fact a 90 degree left turn.
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Bill & Aidan Willace

Stage 3

Ballinamore, Drumshanbo, Dowra, Glenfarn, Mohill, Sligo.   56 miles 1h 29m

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  • Now you are in for a treat.  Road to Drumshanbo by the lakes is lovely
  • In Drumshambo if you follow the signs for Dowra they lead you around the town.
  • From Drumshanbo to Dowra super road too and enjoy the ride.
  • The whole way now is just fantastic touring roads for motorbikes.  These will make your day.
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The open road

Stage 4

Sligo, Ballymote, Kesh, Boyle, Clooneyquin, Tulsk, Cloonyogan, Four Mile House, Roscommon. 53 miles 1h.10m.

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  • Beware of the Right hand turn when you come off the N17 and onto the R293.  Road appears to go straight but its a 90 degree to the right.
  • These roads are a real treat.  They have everything.  Enjoy
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Nice overtake James

Stage 5

Roscommon to Longford  N61.  20 miles  25 minutes

Accommodation this year was a big step up.  The Longford Arms hotel had a leisure suite and everyone enjoyed the facilities.

Everyone enjoyed the hotel. Food and services was super.  We were well looked after notwithstanding a small issue that was resolved by management.  The evening entertainment in the lounge was terrific and there was dancing and fraternising with the local community until late in the evening.

 

 

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