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Leitrim Cycling Festival returns for its sixth year this May

The family-friendly Leitrim Cycling Festival — in its sixth year — is to be held in Drumshanbo from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of May.

It’s part of National Bike Week, which runs from May 14-22 this year.

Jo Sachs-Eldridge, Leitrim Cycling Festival founder, said: “The Festival is becoming a real event in people’s calendar with people from Dublin, Galway, Sligo and even New Zealand already booking their accommodation.”

She said: “We’ve worked closely with the community in Drumshanbo to bring our fullest programme to date. We hope lots of local people come and enjoy the festival – with or without your bicycle there is something for everyone.”

Sachs-Eldridge added: “We all know that the bicycle is important in the fight against climate change and that cycling instead of driving reduces our carbon emissions while keeping us physically and mentally healthy. What Leitrim Cycling Festival does is remind us how much fun cycling can be. The programme has been put together by people who are passionate about cycling, communities and Leitrim and who want to remind us of the joy of cycling.”

The festival organisers said that it selects a different town or village as their base every year and that they are delighted to have been welcomed with open arms by local groups and businesses in Drumshanbo including the Lough Allen Adventure Centre, Drumshanbo Tidy Towns, Drumshanbo Sports Hub, Moran’s Cycles, Trailblazers, Electric Bike Trails and Edwin Gray Wim Hof Method.

Lough Allen Adventure Centre will be the base for the weekend’s festivities with most of the events including the start of cycles, workshops, music, films, dancing and feasting happening in and around the centre.

The organisers said that all of the festivities are all free thanks to the support of Leitrim County Council, Leitrim Sports Partnership, Leitrim Tourism and Bike Week.

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