Annual Freewheelers charity cycle looming

This group was just a small section of the many riders who took part in last year's Freewheelers charity cycle.
This group was just a small section of the many riders who took part in last year's Freewheelers charity cycle.

The annual Freewheelers Charity Cycle Tour around Lough Neagh will be taking place on Saturday August 6, in aid of Disabled Sport Development.

This annual event is now organised by Castlereagh CYcling Club, and will see cyclists meeting at Antrim Forum Peace Carpark, Lough Road, Antrim between 8.30-9.30am.

The main aim is to raise funds to help further the development of sport for the disabled in N.I. including Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Tennis and Trackchair Racing.

The cyclists and wheelchair pushers will pass through Randalstown, Toome, Ballyronan, Portadown, Lurgan and Crumlin before returning to Antrim Forum.

Participants must be 18 years of age or above and the entry fee of £15 for Cycle Ireland members (plus an additional £2 if a day licence is required) can be paid at registration at Antrim Forum on the morning of the event.

The event organisers have been delighted with the turnout in the past few years with around 200 cyclists of all standards, from all over the province arriving on the day and completing the 77 mile course.

The cyclists will be backed up by service vehicles and refeshments will be available at the midway point.

The event, which last year celebrated its 25th anniversary, has become one of the most popular and well-supported local cycling tours.

It offers a challenge to all levels of cyclists and all proceeds raised will help to ensure the survival of various sports for disabled people within Northern Ireland.