STEERING COMMITTEE MultiSport 100 festival organiser Anthony Murray pictured taking part in Newport at the end of Stage 4 of the An Post Rás in 2013. Pic: Conor McKeown
Westport man Anthony Murray, a competitive racing cyclist and coach, has a huge passion for cycling and this is evident when you step through the doors of his newly refurbished Westport Bike Shop. This is where you will find all the big bike brands on sale, a busy workshop, a training studio and hire bikes to cater for a busy tourist town and Greenway.
Now, Murray has designed a unique 100km team cycling event in Westport, the MultiSport 100 festival weekend, and he is inviting cycling clubs from all around Ireland to get involved.
Teams must consist of six team members, and the fastest team around the course wins. In the professional ranks, this event is known as a team time trial or ‘the race of truth’. The team’s time is based on the sixth team member who crosses the finishing line, so teams must work together and stay as a unit.
The course starts and finishes at Newport NS and takes in Ballycroy National Park, which is a relatively flat route with cross winds being the main obstacle.
This is the first event of the weekend, and the winning team will take home the top prize of €2,000, sponsored by Westport Bike Shop.
As an added bonus every team has a chance to win with Team Time Bonuses available for the following categories: Female team members qualify for a five minute time deduction (five minutes subtracted from the team’s overall finishing time), while female team members (over 50) qualify for a seven-minute time deduction). Male team members over 50 qualify for a three-minute time deduction.
After a day of cycling, participants are invited to a fabulous night of music organised by Electric Cave Productions that will feature award-winning Johnny Cash and June Carter tribute band take to the stage in the Mill Times Hotel, Westport. JP Mac’s baritone bears uncanny similarity to that of the Man in Black, while Kim Crumley’s vibrant June Carter is just as sassy as the original. Together with their energetic six-piece band, this act provides the full Cash & Carter experience.
On Sunday morning, the festival moves to Westport Bike Shop, where the day will begin with a leisure cycle down the Greenway. This will be a chance for everyone to get on their bike and get involved. Bring the family along and enjoy some of Mayo’s stunning scenery as our route winds along the Great Western Greenway to Newport. No racing; pure leisure.
On return, the cyclists can enjoy a barbecue with live music at Westport Bike Shop presented by Electric Cave Productions and folk legend David Hope.
To register teams go to www.eventbrite.ie (this event is strictly limited to 20 teams, so early registration is advised.). Tickets for Cash Returns gig are available to purchase at Westport Bike Shop. Route available on http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/2084179216 For more information check out MultiSport100 facebook page or call 098 24966.