Allset­forSatur­day’s In­n­is­freeS­portive

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THE Vuelta Tour of Spain is on but lo­cally the In­n­is­free Wheel­ers Au­tumn sportive is tak­ing place on Satur­day next, Septem­ber 2nd in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Sligo Cham­pion and Skoda Sligo.

There are three routes: 60km / 100km/ 140 km. It is a sportive for all abil­i­ties from novice to ex­pert. On­line en­try for Cy­cling Ire­land mem­bers is € 20 for non- cy­cling Ire­land mem­bers € 25. En­try on the morn­ing of the event is € 25 for Cy­cling Ire­land mem­bers and € 30 for non- Cy­cling Ire­land mem­bers. Clos­ing date for on­line en­tries is Wed­nes­day, August 30th. So hurry along and reg­is­ter!

The event starts and fin­ishes at the Clay­ton Ho­tel. Food and re­fresh­ment stops will be pro­vided along all the routes as well as med­i­cal and me­chan­i­cal sup­port. A choice of a hot meal and veg­e­tar­ian op­tion will be pro­vided at the fin­ish.

En­joy the sportive. Get good rest/ sleep in the days be­fore the event. Look where you are go­ing at all times. Fol­low the rules of the road. Cy­cle with peo­ple of your own abil­ity if pos­si­ble. En­joy meet­ing new peo­ple and have fun on the morn­ing of the event, eat a light break­fast ideally 1 to 2 hours be­fore your cy­cle for ex­am­ple, juice, cereal or por­ridge, toast and eggs cheese or ham with tea/ cof­fee. Don’t stuff your­self – ‘ a lit­tle and of­ten along the way’ is a good cy­cling motto. Be­gin snack­ing and drink­ing 30 min­utes into the cy­cle and have lit­tle snacks and drinks every 15 min­utes or so. Prac­tise us­ing the drinks and snacks that you will use in the Sportive.

Be well hy­drated be­fore the cy­cle and drink reg­u­larly along the way. Don’t use fizzy drinks – there are good sports drinks on the mar­ket that will keep your en­ergy lev­els up – if not use plain water.

It’s very easy in all the ex­cite­ment be­fore a ride, to for­get to pack an es­sen­tial piece of kit, even more so if you have an early morn­ing start. Peo­ple have ar­rived with­out hel­mets and cy­cling shoes. Sportive Check­list Hel­met: You won’t be let ride with­out one.

Jer­sey and Shorts: Cy­cle cloth­ing can be ex­pen­sive but a good pair of cy­cling shorts is im­por­tant and can save much dis­com­fort.

Base Layer: in case it’s cold. Bear in mind that if you are go­ing over big climbs, the de­scents will be chilly no mat­ter what the weather.

Gloves: Mitts and/ or long fin­ger gloves, again de­pend­ing on the weather. Bring full fin­ger gloves in the car, at least, you can de­cide when you get to the start whether or not you need them.

Cy­cling Shoes: Skull Cap or cy­cling cap, also weather de­pen­dent as above.

Arm warm­ers and leg warm­ers: again, bring them in the car just in case.

Rain Jacket: Don’t for­get we live in a coun­try where it’s pos­si­ble to get 4 sea­sons in 1 day.

Cy­cling Glasses: Be­cause look­ing cool is im­por­tant!

Water bot­tles and en­ergy drinks: En­ergy Gels and maybe lit­tle snacks, don’t de­pend on the food stops Cash or debit card Mo­bile phone: Or­gan­is­ers will pro­vide a num­ber in case of me­chan­i­cal dif­fi­cul­ties or emer­gency. Two spare tubes Pump or co2 in­flater Your bike! And make sure it’s in good work­ing or­der. Have a great Sportive and best of luck ev­ery­one.

The In­n­is­free Wheel­ers Au­tumn Sportive is tak­ing place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2nd.

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