#BikeWeek22 takes place from May 14th to the 22nd and Sligo Cycling Campaign is offering a choice of 3 very different events.
On Saturday the 14th of May, the event kicking off at 8am will be a historic first - we will lead participants on an early morning guided cycle around Sligo’s Boundary Stones. The stones, marking the old Sligo Borough Boundary date from the 19th Century. Each one is situated an old Irish mile or 2 .04 km from the town centre at the Market Cross. Chairperson, Joan Swift said “ Sligo Tidy Towns has been working with Sligo County Council to develop the Boundary Stone Route as a walking and cycling route. This event will be historic because it will be the first organised event to take place on the route. The cycle will be of particular interest to Irish speakers who enjoy cycling. It is being sponsored by Conradh na Gaeilge under their Ciste Spreagtha initiative and commentary will be as Gaeilge. Tá an t-adh linn go mbeidh an Staraí Dr Fiona Gallagher mar Threoir againn. Tá mion-eolas ag Fiona faoi ghach gne de stair an bhaile seo” Numbers for this inaugural cycle are limited to 12 and booking is essential. You can book your place by emailing email@example.com or texting Joan at 087 9622234. Tar éis na rothaiochta beidh greim le n-ithe agus le n-ól againn i gCaifé Koha.
On Sunday the 15th, in conjunction with Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership and Sligo County Council’s Family Fun Day, the Campaign has organised a Slow Roll Pedal Parade through town, starting from the Stephen St car-park at noon. PRO Gemma Woods said “We hope to see all ages at the Parade. The great thing about cycling is that babies and toddlers can be carried in trailers and on cargo bikes, younger children can use balance bikes and scooters and the advent of e-bikes and mobility bikes means that cycling is not just for the young. “Bike Week is about celebrating the joys of cycling! Why not dress up and bling your bike? Together, Sligo can celebrate cycling for all ages and abilities!” Booking for this event is via Eventbrite Slow Roll Pedal Parade and please state the ages of your children if any.
Sligo Cycling Campaigns’ 3rd Bike Week event is a Film Night . Campaign Secretary Nessa Cosgrove said “On Thursday May 19th the Campaign will host the Premiere of “Love Song to a Bicycle,” the the new short film (25 minutes) by filmmakers Laura McMorrow and Johnny Gogan. We are honoured that Laura and Johnny will be in attendance on the night. The film was shot in Leitrim, Dublin and Sligo and you never know, you might recognise a face or two!” Patrons will have the option of travelling to the film by adult Cycle Bus with the “Bus” leaving Markievicz Park at 7pm via the Western Distributor Road and picking up “passengers” at Mitchell Curley Park at 7 15 pm, arriving at the Building Block for 7 30pm.. Booking is via Eventbrite "Love Song to a Bicycle" a short film by Laura McMorrow and Johnny Gogan
Sligo Sports and Recreation Partnership has also arranged a whole host of Bike Week activities, with events all week at dawn, dusk and in-between! Have a look at their website and choose something you are interested in https://www.sligosportandrecreation.ie/bikeweek/ .
Finally, Leitrim Cycling Festival is happening in Drumshanbo between May 20th and the 22nd and it has an amazing line-up of activities. https://leitrimcyclingfestival.com/