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Pat Colgan Charity Cycle 2015

Pat Colgan Charity Cycle 2015 August 30th 2015

Tullamore Cycling and Touring Club in association with the Irish Kidney Association are delighted to welcome all cyclists to partake in the 2015 edition of the Pat Colgan Charity Cycle. The cycle takes place on August 30th 2015. Sign-On is located at The Harriers Athletic Grounds in Spollenstown and will open at 8:00am. Roll out is from 9:15am for the 125km and 95km. The 75km rolls out at 9:45am.

This year the club have decided to refresh the routes available. On the day there will be 3 main cycles using 3 different and varying routes. There will also be a 12km family cycle on the day.

Entrance Fee Cycling Ireland Members – € 20

Entrance Fee Non Cycling Ireland – € 25

Register Online Now :- LINK

Download Event Poster Here

Watch Event Preview Video

Cycle from Farm TV on Vimeo.

4 Peak Pat Colgan Challenge – 125 km

This route will take in all 3 peaks of the Slieve Blooms including The Cut (x2), The Wolftrap and Glendine. This route includes around 1,600 metres of climbing so is not for the faint hearted.

2 Peaks Pat Colgan Challenge – 95 km

This route will climb The Cut and The Wolftrap before returning to Tullamore across some scenic quite roads. This route includes 1,000 metres of climbing.

Base of the Blooms Challenge – 75km

This route skirts around the base of the Slieve Blooms and avoids all the major climbs before returning along the same roads as the 95km cycle. It still contains 400 metres of climbing across some rolling terrain.

Time Change for Winter

Sunday Time Change

As the clocks are moving back next week and with the mornings getting dark the meet up times have changed to suit.

  • Group A will maintain the 8:30am meet up time for the next couple of Sundays
  • Group B will now leave at 9:00am for the winter season

Groups leave from the Ballalley carpark as always.

Night spins on a Tuesday and Friday are ongoing and leave from outside Buckleys at 6:30pm.

Pat Colgan Charity Cycle 2014

Pat Colgan Charity Cycle 2014

Tullamore CTC are pleased to announce the Pat Colgan Charity Cycle is back for 2014.

The cycle will take place on Sunday August 31st 2014. There is a new route for this years event with some changes from previous events.

Sign-on is from 8:30am at The Harriers Athletics Ground on the Spollenstown Road in Tullamore.

There will be 2 adult cycles and 1 Kids Cycle

  • 120km 3 Peaks Challenge takes in 2 climbs in the Slieve Blooms with a fast flat finish from Mountmellick to Tullamore. Cycle begins at 9:30 am. Route is as follows. Tullamore, Kilcormac, Birr, Kinnity, Wolftrap Mountain, The Cut, Clonaslee, Rosenallis, Mountmellick, Killeigh, Tullamore.
  • 80km Base of the Blooms Tour takes in flatter roads around the base of the Slieve Bloom mountains before joining with the 120km route to finish. Cycle begins at 9:45am. Route is as follows. Tullamore, Kilcormac, Birr, Kinnity, Clonaslee, Killeigh, Tullamore.
  • The Kids cycle will use a short 25km from Tullamore to Blue Ball and back to Tullamore via Killurin.

The entrance fee is € 20 with Cycling Ireland licence. There will be a € 5 additional charge for those without a licence. All proceeds will go to a local charity.


Route Details

120km Slieve Bloom Challenge –

80km Pat Colgan Tour –


Sign On Location

View Pat Colgan 2014 Sign On in a larger map

Beginner Midweek Spin

Novice Midweek Cycle

Any novices in the club who are currently doing the Sunday ride-outs might be interested in getting in some extra miles midweek over the summer. If enough are interested, we will have a ride-out on either Wednesday evening
or Friday evening (Whichever suits) and take in a climb along the route.
The spin will be 50 km approx and we hope to start with a few runs over Croghan hill, The Cut and Knock hill. ( Not all the same night obviously !!). These will be great for building stamina and strengthening the legs ,and will be at controlled speeds so everyone enjoys it. We will have riders from the club looking after you, and there to give help and advice.

If you are interested and want to bank a few extra miles contact any of the following :

Seamus Buckley ( Buckley Cycles) 087 7474381
Donagh Mc Ardle TCTC 086 2510009
Jacinta Condron TCTC 087 2515825

Safety Concerns

Road Safety Issues

Donagh recently posted this over on Facebook so just re-iterating the message here. Stay safe folks!

Over the weekend we have had two serious incidents on the roads involving club members out on weekend spins. In Tullamore two of our regular “A” riders were struck by a car when an elderly driver pulled straight across them at a junction. The driver of the car “never saw them “!!

In Wicklow yesterday, one of our members joined some friends on a club ride and a similar incident took place. Unfortunately the rider sustained serious head injuries from the impact and is not expected to survive. Our prayers are with this man and his family. I am not mentioning names in either incident.

We are currently looking at ways to improve rider safety on the roads. In both cases the riders were doing exactly what they should have been doing on the road, and became victims of careless driving.

The cyclist is always going to come out worst when this happens. Just because there is a bit more light in mornings and evenings, we should not take for granted that we are any more visible to motorists. WE ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT !!! We are all looking forward to a long season of ride outs, tours, races and good training spins……Make yourself visible, Obey the rules of the road and expect the unexpected. This is not the type of news we like to have to highlight so stay safe folks !!!