Pat Jones Memorial Cycle back at Easter

The late Pat Jones (right) cycles in France alongside Brendan Lynch.

After a two-year absence, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Pat Jones Memorial Cycle will be back on the roads in Offaly, Kildare, Meath and Westmeath in 2022.

The event, organized by Edenderry-based Team 905 Cycling Club, will take place on Easter Saturday 16 April.

This will be the seventh edition of this hugely popular cycling event which has raised over €30,000 for local charities since its inception in 2014. It comes at a good time of year in the national cycling calendar and usually attracts around 200 club cyclists all across the country to Edenderry.

It has earned a reputation as a very well organized event on a safe course, with almost all left turns, which is a good test for participants of varying fitness levels.

As in previous years, there will be two routes – a 40km journey from Edenderry via Rhode, Croghan, Daingean and home via Ballyfore, and a longer 90km circuit via Enfield, Kinnegad, Tyrrellspass, Croghan and Daingean.

Start times are 10am for the 90km event and 10.30am for the shorter 40km. Both events will start from St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry.

Registration will be available online at https://eventmaster.ie/events/Sport or on the day at St Mary’s. The entry fee is €10 for the 40km (€15 for non-members of Cycling Ireland) and €20 for the 90km (€25 for non-members of Cycling Ireland).

The club is delighted to include North Offaly Meals on Wheels and Helping Holles Street (National Maternity Foundation) as the two beneficiaries of this year’s event.

As in previous years, the main sponsor of the event will be Croí Laighean Credit Union.

The PJMC committee, under the leadership of Brendan McAuliffe, is already working on the extensive logistical arrangements for the day.

Brendan said: “I am delighted to see the PJMC in Edenderry again this year. It’s been a hugely successful event since 2014 and somehow the cycling year didn’t seem complete during the pandemic without the PJMC as the main focus of our season.

“Pat Jones was a much loved member of Team905 and this is a great way to honor his memory. I am also very happy to welcome aboard the National Maternity Foundation and North Offaly Meals on Wheels and we all involved are waiting looking forward to a safe and successful day on April 16,” he added.

Updates on the arrangements for the event will be provided by Team905 over the coming weeks.

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