Bespoke Festival is “the wheel deal” for Limerick cyclists


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by Claire O’Brien | [email protected]

THE 2014 Bespoke Cycling festival launched in Limerick last Saturday with a Summer Solstice cycle from Limerick City to Lough Gur and back among the highlights of this week-long festival.

Events held so far include the European Mountain biking Championships in Ballyhoura, and numerous bike fixing workshops to help get people on their bikes for the first time or rediscover their love of cycling.

On Thursday (June 19th) at 11 am the Adare GAA Field will hold the Country Limerick Cycling Pursuit Challenge where students can work on their cycling skills.On Sunday at 3pm participants will be taken on a cycling tour of the city’s waterfront beginning and finishing at Howley’s Quay,followed by entertainment and refreshments.

On Friday,Limerick Smarter Travel will host an event where participants can bring their bike for free minor repairs in advance of Sunday’s Bespoke Bike Parade.Saturday allows the public to experience the Summer Solstice in Lough Gur.Participants will depart Limerick at 5.00am and will cycle to Lough Gur and back.

Limerick Smarter Travel Project Manager,Pat O’Neill stated that the festival is one of a number of measures introduced to encourage people to get on their bikes and use a more sustainable mode of transport.Phelim Macken,Coordinator,Limerick Sports Partnership added that the festival promotes the cycling facilities available throughout Limerick.