Westportif Cycling Challenge, the newest cycling event in Ireland, takes place in Westport over the weekend, 19, 20 and 21 July.
The cycling fest is a joint collaboration of two of the most prominent cycling clubs in Connaught, Westport Covey Wheelers CC and Western Lakes CC from Ballinrobe.
Keith O’Connell chairman of Westport Covey Wheelers CC, says the main event will be a 160km sportive cycle called ‘Westportif’ with an optional route of a 80km ‘Ramble round the Reek’.
Both options are non competitive suitable for leisure cyclists of all abilities with the focus being on participation, admiring the scenery and enjoying the fresh air.
For the more adventurous racing cyclists there will be a criterium race around the streets of Westport on Saturday evening from 8-10pm providing some enthralling entertainment.
On Sunday morning there will be a Family Fun cycle on the Greenway, with no set distances this will suit everyone.
Pieta House, which is dedicated to the prevention of suicide, is the event charity partner.
Further details of Westportif Cycling Challenge and how to enter are available on the event website.
Pictured above is Minister Michael Ring TD launching the Westportif Cycling Challenge. At the launch Pajoe O’Connell, Noreen O’Toole, John Hughes, Darren Madden, Dermot Langan, Travis Zeray, Martin Keating, John Concannon, Shane Gilligan, Keith O’Connell, Padraig Marrey and Minister of State Michael Ring TD. Photo: Conor McKeown