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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: May 10, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

    Giro Loch nEathach

    Pól Ó Muirí

    The Giro d’Italia started at the weekend (in Holland!) and, unfortunately, I could not make it to the start line! However, fear not weekend warriors. The entries for this year’s Lap the Lough cycle sportive are now open. Run takes place at the end of August; 87 miles/140 kms in one day around Lough Neagh (Loch nEathach: Eochu’s lake; Eochu, “son of Mairidh, a Munster prince who was drowned when a well overflowed to form the lake in the first century AD” according to Pat McKay’s wonderful A Dictionary of Ulster Place-Names).

    Anyway, from mythology to cycology. Very flat terrain but very beautiful part of the world and well worth the effort if, like me, you are raging against the dying of the (athletic) light. Just one word of warning – watch out for the lough flies who have started appearing. Had a mouthful or two of them over the weekend. Can’t say they have made me as fast as an eel but they have not killed me either!

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