Man of Sperrin returns to the North West next month for the first time since 2019. The global pandemic halted cycling action in The Sperrins during the last two years but the event organisers are pleased to be back with an event they say ‘showcases the splendour of The Sperrin Mountains.’
Chairman of the Man of Sperrin sportive, Ciaran Doherty, said:
“We’re delighted to be able to host Man of Sperrin again on 19 June.
“The last two years have been unprecedented times and tough for everyone but it was also a time when people learned to appreciate what we have around us like the benefit of exercise like cycling.
“We believe passionately that The Sperrins are hugely untapped in terms of their potential as a cycling destination and are glad to be able to host the event again. We are very fortunate to have secured the generous backing of two successful local firms in The Braidwater Group and Bloc who make Man of Sperrin possible.
“As well as providing some of the most spectacular and demanding cycling terrain available anywhere, we are passionate about providing a level of service to match. All cyclists can available of free parking, hot showers, sports massage and a post cycle BBQ at our base at Owenbeg.
“It all kicks off on Sunday 19 June and final preparations are well under way. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back into The Sperrins in 2022.
Patrick McGinnis, a director with The Braidwater Group, said:
“The Braidwater Group has supported the Man of Sperrin event since its inception and we’re delighted to continue with our sponsorship for 2022.
“The event is a very worthwhile fundraiser and as well as promoting the Sperrins its ensuring health and wellbeing is to the forefront.
“On behalf of the Braidwater Group, I’d like to wish the organising committee every success with this year’s event and we look forward to playing our part.”
Commended nationally for their innovation in recent years, manufacturing face shield visors for health and social care staff during the pandemic, the Bloc Group have again demonstrated their commitment to the local community and economy.
Cathy Chauhan, Production Manager with Bloc PPE commented:
“Bloc are proud to be sponsoring this fantastic cycling event in the beautiful Sperrin mountains. It is great to have an opportunity like this to celebrate not only the majestic peaks of the Sperrin mountains but also the cycling talent that will attempt this demanding challenge. The Bloc team are excited to be part of Man of Sperrin and we are looking forward to competing on the day.”
Man of Sperrin 2022 takes place on Sunday 19 June departing Owenbeg at 9am.