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.