The Great Western Motorway Cycle will take place on Sunday 10th September 2017 on the new M17/18 Motorway. You are invited to participate in this once in a lifetime opportunity to cycle on the new motorway before it opens to traffic. The cycle will commence at the Tuam end of the motorway adjacent to the Kilmore Roundabout and will consist of two distances that cyclists can take part in. Route 1 is a 100km loop from Tuam to Gort to Tuam and Route 2 is a 50km loop from Tuam to Rathmorrissy Interchange on the M6 to Tuam. Both cycles traverse relatively flat terrain. Sign-in on the day will start at 08:30am and the cycle will roll out at 09:30am. There will be refreshment stop facilities at halfway on both distances and light food and drinks will be provided after the event adjacent to the finish area. Minimum age for participation is 16 and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Time trial bikes and trial bars are not allowed.
The registration fees for the cycle will raise much needed funds for the local Lions Clubs in Tuam and Gort. We would also encourage all participants to assist us in making this a truly remarkable event by raising charitable funds themselves through sponsorship either in aid of the Lions Clubs or their own chosen charity or other good cause.
Please note that helmets must be worn or you will not be allowed participate in the event. Cyclists participate entirely at their own risk and must ride in a safe manner. The event is non-competitive, takes place on closed roads and you must take directions from event marshals on the day. The organisers are not responsible for the security or suitability of your equipment. There will be a roving repair vehicle available to assist cyclists in the event of mechanical problems, however cyclists are reminded to have with them spare tubes, appropriate clothing etc. There will be no access for cars on the motorway on the day. Car-parking for those that require same will be in the surrounding areas and is not being provided by the organisers therefore the safety of your car and/or its contents is your own responsibility.
The event is organised by DirectRoute, Tuam and Gort Lions Clubs and Tuam Cycling Club. The cost to enter is €32 online or €40 on the day if there are any places left available. If participants are on a tandem then both cyclists must be registered separately.
If you have any queries please contact the organisers at
Online registration closes on Thursday 31st August @ 10pm.
You will receive a registration confirmation email. Further information will be provided closer to the event. Entry fee is non-refundable except in the event of cancellation of the cycle.
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- September 10, 2017
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Registration Start Time : 8:30 am
Venue: M17-M18 Motorway
Tuam and Gort Lions Club are charitable organisations and are member clubs of the international Lions Clubs organisation. Lions are men and women who volunteer their time to humanitarian causes in their local communities. They do so in the belief that those who live in a community are in the best position to know who needs help and why. This is achieved through membership of the local Lions Club. All administration costs are paid for through membership fees which ensures that all monies raised goes directly to helping people in need. More than 43,000 in number, these local Lions Clubs are part of the world’s largest service organisation, with 1.4 million members in more than 180 countries and areas. The association is both non-political and non-sectarian and bound by the Lions International Code of Conduct.
The Tuam and Gort Lions have been organising fundraising for local charities for many years. Among the events we have organised have been leisure cycles, sponsored walks, charity auctions, Tuam Day at the Galway Races, quiz nights, an annual Easter Egg hunt and the annual Christmas Food Appeal. Charities we have helped include Guide Dogs for the Blind, Tuam Cancer Care, Tuam MS Association, Tuam Carers Support Group, the Society of St Vincent de Paul, the Galway Hospice, and other smaller ad-hoc donations to people in need. We have also helped international Lions charities such as Fighting Blindness and the Haiti Relief Fund.