Ireland's national postal service has joined forces with the country's sports council to encourage people to get back on their bikes.
The result is the An Post Cycle Series, a series of rides in Sligo, Clare, Meath, Waterford and Cork between May and September, each with a choice of three different length routes.
The events are as follows:
- An Post Tour of Sligo, Sunday 10 May: Hazelwood Family Spin 10km / Lough Gill Circuit 60km / Ox Mountain Challenge 160km
- Tour De Burren, Saturday 20 June: 10km / 60km / 160km
- Heritage Cycle Tour of Meath, Sunday 19 July: Family run 40km / mid-distance 100km / long-distance 160km
- Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford, Sunday 30 August: Kelly Cruise 50km / Kelly Legacy 100km / Kelly Comeragh Challenge 160km
- Cork Rebel Tour, Sunday 13 September: 50km / 100km / 150km
Donal Connell, chief executive of An Post, said: “The An Post Cycle Series offers whole communities around Ireland an opportunity to be part of the fun of a really inclusive day out, to experience close up the beauty of their locality and to rediscover the simple pleasure of getting back on their bikes."
Each event will be organised by local sports partnerships, under the auspices of the Irish Sports Council. John Treacy, the council's CEO, said: “We're very excited about the new An Post Cycle Series. Cycling as a sport has huge potential to increase participation in physical activity."
An Post already has a strong association with cycling in Ireland through sponsorship of the An Post/Seán Kelly professional team and the Green Jersey in the Tour of Ireland.
Further details of each of the events and how to become involved will be available at www.anpost.ie/cycling.