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 [...]
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Man of Sperrin 2019 is more about panoramic views than the pain of previous years. Don’t be under any illusion the new 69 miles / 110km route with 5,357 feet of climbing is still a tough day in the saddle. Event organisers have listened to cyclists’ feedback over the last two years and so this [...]
At half ten on Saturday night past Colm O’Kane was giving Owenbeg the final once over before he locked up for the night when he heard the sound of screeching brakes pulling into the car park. He put his hand up to his eyes so he could see across the car park but after a [...]
Will Benbradagh leave you breathless or bust? With one week to go Man of Sperrin organisers say the 2018 100km sportive being held on the 20th May is going to be even bigger and better than the inaugural event last year. Speaking ahead of the cycling sportive which will start at Owenbeg outside Dungiven, Ciaran [...]
This isn’t a belated April fool but the reality of a weekend in the life of Philippe Ferrand. Philippe Ferrand, a French man in his 50s, lives in Spain and is ready to take on the Sperrins on the 20th May. Why? Philippe is a cyclist, a serious cyclist. He is travelling to Ireland with [...]
From Torr Head to Mallorca to The Birren, Shane Kelly's love of cycling shines as he discusses his Man of Sperrin and related adventures. Where are you from? Draperstown, but currently living in Belfast. How long have you been cycling? 2 years How did you get into cycling? Having not cycled since my childhood (20+ [...]
From the flat-lands of North Down to the Peaks of the Sperrins, Scott Harkins journey has been remarkable. Where are you from? Bangor How long have you been cycling? 14 years How did you get into cycling? I did it for motivation after beating cancer. In 2014 I was 10 years clear and became the [...]
By Paddy Heaney I was baptised Patrick Heaney in St Patrick’s Church on St Patrick’s Day, 1974. That possibly explains the unassailable self-confidence I felt ahead of the St Patrick’s Day Road Race in Donegal. Early that morning as I paced around the bedroom gathering gear, I made a bold declaration to my half-sleeping wife. [...]
Spurred on by his family and friends, Andy McInroy hasn't looked back since choosing Man of Sperrin 2017 as his jump-off point into the world of sportives. Where are you from? Originally from Ayrshire in Scotland, now living in Park village in the heart of some outstanding cycling countryside. How long have you been cycling? [...]
Lillian Wright has been cycling for 6 years and in 2017 decided to take on Man of Sperrin. Here's what she has to say about the experience... Where are you from? Derry How long have you been cycling? About 6 years How did you get into cycling? Started off with my husband who is a [...]