Mayo Footballers go head to head at Polkadot cycle challenge May 11th

Four well known footballers are on their bikes training for Western Lakes CC promotion of the Polkadot cycle Challenge.

Pat Kelly and Brian Maloney Kilmaine, Ciaran Kelly Sligo Rovers and Padraic Costello Ballinrobe will challenge each other on the cycle.

The hill to the top of the Partry mountains known as Maam Trasna mountain will be the battle ground the aim is to see which of these gifted footballers/soccer players has retained enough fitness to conquer the stiff climb.

Short 65k map

The cycle starts off on a flat pan road to Partry before looping around the Mask to Tourmakeady, at O Toole’s bar refreshments will be on offer before the serious task of the Partry mountains loom in the diistance, the quartet go head to head, the Sligo Goal stopper looks lean and mean or will Padraic the hard man Cos blag his way to the top, the Kilmaine duo are quiet but deadly and are sure not to be out done, all will be revealed on Maam Trasna...

In the past few years more and more footballers and Rugby players are turning to the bike either to hone their fitness or use the bike as a means of exercise when their playing days are over, Paul Early Kildare player and Eamon O Muircheartaigh set up Race the Ras a leisure cycle around Ireland that goes ahead of the professional 8 day An Post Ras and hundreds of footballers take on the challenge.

Western Lakes CC are looking to hop on the band wagon and get as many footballers, rugby players, soccer players and all fitness enthusiast to have a go and take on the Polkadot cycle challenge, with 2 well marshalled routes to choose from (65 & 85km) backup and food stops and all for only €25 it promises to be a great day around South Mayo on Saturday May 11th with spectacular views of the hills and lakes enroute.

Polkadot long route 85k

Sign on Saturday morning May 11th from 8am at the western Lakes cycling centre Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.

The cycle starts at 9.30am sharp with the longer 85k starting first and the 65k off at 10am.

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