Sligo Selected as Host Destination for UCI Gran Fondo
Sligo, the picturesque county known for its stunning landscapes and vibrant cycling community, is thrilled to announce that it has been chosen as the host destination for the prestigious UCI Gran Fondo Ireland in June 2024. This internationally renowned masters and amateur cycling event will showcase the natural beauty of Sligo, challenge riders on exhilarating routes, and leave a lasting impact on the local community.
Cathaoirleach of Sligo County Council, Councillor Gerard Mullaney, expressed his enthusiasm for hosting the UCI Gran Fondo Ireland, stating,
"We are truly honoured to welcome the UCI Gran Fondo Ireland to our beautiful county. This event will not only provide an incredible opportunity for athletes to compete at the highest level, but it will also showcase the county's natural beauty and rich cultural heritage to a global audience. We look forward to welcoming participants, spectators, and cycling enthusiasts from around the world to experience the warm hospitality and vibrant culture that Sligo has to offer."
The UCI Gran Fondo, organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), represents the pinnacle of amateur cycling, attracting dedicated riders from around the world. Sligo's diverse terrain, ranging from majestic mountains to breathtaking coastlines, provides an ideal backdrop for this exhilarating event. Participants can expect a challenging and rewarding experience as they navigate the rolling hills and scenic routes that make Sligo a cyclist's paradise.
Erwin Vervecken, UCI Gran Fondo World Series, remarked,
"Sligo provides a unique and challenging course that will test the mettle of cyclists while offering breathtaking views and a memorable experience. The location perfectly aligns with our mission of promoting cycling at its finest, offering both challenging routes for seasoned cyclists and a welcoming atmosphere for those new to the sport. Sligo's breathtaking scenery and vibrant community make it an ideal setting for our event."
This prestigious event will not only boost tourism but also have a positive economic impact on the local community. Hotels, restaurants, and businesses in Sligo will benefit from the increased visitor traffic, contributing to the growth and development of the region's economy. The UCI Gran Fondo Ireland will leave a lasting legacy by inspiring local cyclists, promoting an active lifestyle, and fostering a sense of community and camaraderie.
Chief Executive of Sligo County Council, Martin Lydon, shared his excitement, saying,
"The UCI Gran Fondo coming to Sligo marks a significant milestone for our county. We are committed to ensuring that the UCI Gran Fondo in Sligo is a resounding success, and we are excited to welcome participants, spectators, and cycling enthusiasts from around the world to our vibrant county. This event will not only energise our local economy but also inspire our community to embrace the spirit of healthy living and competition. We look forward to creating a memorable experience for all involved and leaving a lasting impression on everyone who visits our beautiful county."
Eoin Conroy, CEO of TITAN Experience, expressed his delight about this unprecedented event, stating,
"We are thrilled to announce the inaugural UCI Gran Fondo Ireland in Sligo. This is a groundbreaking moment for the cycling community in Ireland, as Irish roads will be opened to them as well as attracting cycling enthusiasts from all corners of the world to participate in the first ever UCI sanctioned Gran Fondo. The UCI Gran Fondo Ireland promises not only a challenging and competitive cycling experience but also an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of the sport and the unity it brings among participants with the vibrant culture that Ireland has to offer."
The UCI Gran Fondo in Sligo is scheduled to take place on the 29th and 30th June 2024, and preparations are already underway to make it a truly memorable event. Cyclists of all levels are invited to participate, from seasoned riders seeking a challenging adventure to newcomers eager to experience the thrill of competing on an international stage.
Join us in June 2024 as we celebrate the beauty of Sligo, the passion for cycling, and the spirit of camaraderie at the UCI Gran Fondo. Together, let's create lasting memories and inspire a new generation of cyclists.
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