The 2019 'Tour of Fermanagh' annual charity cycle which will take place on Saturday, August 10 was launched this week.

Now in its seventh year, this community-based event seeks to promote local sports whilst generating funds for charity. Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Action Mental Health, New Horizons Fermanagh.

The cycle is aimed at all levels of cyclist, from relative newcomers to the sport up to experienced endurance athletes. Two tailored cycle routes (60km & 120km) will cater for cyclists of all abilities and fitness levels whilst showcasing the beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings of County Fermanagh.

The 60km route is a scenic but relatively flat tour of the Fermanagh Lakelands and will provide an enjoyable challenge for novice cyclists.

The 120km route is aimed at more experienced road cyclists and takes in some more rugged countryside with challenging ascents, fast descents and stunning panoramic views.

Just 20km before the finish line, the notorious climb to Carnmore Viewpoint is a well-known challenge for local cyclists. A 3.25km 'King of the Mountain' segment will provide the more competitive cyclists with the perfect opportunity to make their mark on Strava or compete for the 'King of the Rock' and 'Queen of the Rock' titles. Cash prizes will be presented to our fastest male and female riders. (A slightly less taxing alternative route is also available for those who simply want to enjoy the scenery!)

The event starts and finishes in the centre of Lisnaskea and is jointly hosted by Lisnaskea Emmetts GAC and Enniskillen Royal Boat Club in association with Clones Cycling Club. All routes will be fully marshalled on the day, including motorcycle outriders from the local Mad Dog Motorcycle Club. Full mechanical support, food/refreshment stops and changing/shower facilities will also be available.

Participants can register on-line at a cost of £25 per person or £20 before July 28.

All pre-registered participants will receive a ‘Tour of Fermanagh’ t-shirt on the day of the event. To register, please visit the event Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fermanaghcycletour).

It will also be possible to register on the morning of the event. Sign-on from 8am at St. Ronan’s Hall, Lisnaskea. The event will start at 9:30am at the Market Yard in the centre of Lisnaskea.

The organisers would like to express their sincere thanks for the generous sponsorship provided by Monaghan Bros (Lisnaskea), Quinn Building Products Limited and Cassidy & McCreesh Orthodontic Practice (Enniskillen).