The An Post Tour De Burren 19th June

Posted: June 5, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1
Under: Events, News

An Post Tour de Burren 2010 ready to Kick Off.

In 2009, the An Post Tour de Burren attracted 850 cyclists over three leisure distances – 10km , 60km and 160km.  This year, the Tour (part of the An Post Cycle Series), will once again attract a large number, including Sean Kelly and Ian Dempsey,  to this leisure cycle in North Clare on the 19th June.  The three routes will cater for all abilities. Closing date for applications is Friday 11th June.

The 10km Aillwee Cave Family Spin is the ideal route for the family that takes the cyclists from the village of Ballyvaughan to Aillwee Cave and back to the village over a green road. Last year, this had a real ‘Closed Road’ feel to it with the Local Garda Car leading the Peloton. At €2 per cyclists, this is the ideal route for all the family. To celebrate the family spin, Aillwee Cave have decided to let ‘All Kids Go Free’ to its attractions over the weekend.

If you fancy something a bit more challenging, then why  not try the ‘Corkscrew Challenge’. This 60km cycle will take you up the famous Corkscrew Hill, into Lisdoonvarana & Doolin and then hope along the magnificent coastal route of  Fanore / Black Head.  This spin is well worth the challenge. €30

Finally, for the more adventurous, it must be the Burnin’ Burren.  This spin is a diverse 160km spin that takes in several climbs and the towns and villages of North Clare (Bellharbour, Carron, Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Corifin, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Liscannor, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin and back along the coast to Ballyvaughan). €30

As with all the Cycle Series events, the An Post Tour de Burren will be well marshalled and there will also be a number of food and water stops. All entrants will receive a tee-shirt and other goodies.

In 2009, all proceeds from the tour went straight back into sport in County Clare. A number of projects that benefitted were: Disability Sport (SIDO Programme) & Safe Cycling in Schools (Joint initiative with An Taisce, Green Schools).

There will also be an optional BBQ after you finish your spin in Monks Bar. There is a extra cost on this. See the website below for cost in the coming week.

Please see for more details.

The An Post Tour De Burren 19th June: 1 Comments
  • Ciana Campbell
    8 years ago

    Record numbers cycle: An Post Tour de Burren

    Ballyvaughan, Co Clare –1600 litres of water, 2000 metres of red tape, 4000 ‘hang sandwiches’, 180 ground marshals, 100 spare bicycle tubes, 1,700 cyclists, 2 tandems and one cycling legend were all part of the hugely successful An Post Tour de Burren which took place amid the spectacular scenery and glorious sunshine of North Clare on Saturday the 19th of June.

    The Burren Cycling Club has already hosted six successful Tour de Burren spins and club spokesperson Patrick O’Donoghue was delighted that more cyclists than ever participated this year. According to Patrick,” We can’t believe it; we more than doubled our numbers. Last year over 800 cyclists registered but this year 1,700 took part. We are all volunteers working on this event and we’re thrilled that the numbers are growing, year on year. It’s very rewarding to be able to share this beautiful place with so many fellow cyclists. Cycling in the Burren is absolutely fantastic and visitors are made feel really welcome.”

    Cycling legend Seán Kelly and broadcaster Ian Dempsey joined forces with over 1,700 cyclists for the Tour de Burren which is part of the An Post Cycle Series, promoted by An Post and the Irish Sports Council to encourage communities around the country to get on their bikes.

    Seán Kelly is ambassador for the An Post Cycle Series and he was delighted with the turn out. According to Seán, “The fact that the An Post Tour de Burren has grown so dramatically in popularity speaks for itself. It is so well organised and the scenery is superb. The whole point of this series is to get people on their bikes. Today we saw young and old, people with disabilities, experienced cyclists and newcomers all having a great day. I really enjoyed taking part.”

    Cyclists had three routes to choose from; the 10 km Aillwee Cave Family Loop which was all about fun, enjoyment and participation, the 60 Km Corkscrew Challenge which took cyclists from Ballyvaughan up Corkscrew Hill – a grade 2 King of the Mountains climb on the F.B.D Ras – through Doolin, on to Ballinalacken, and home via Fanore and Black Head to Ballyvaughan and the Burnin Burren spin which offered cyclists a 160km journey through North Clare on a route that took in a number of Grade 2 King of the Mountains climbs, one of which brought riders past the world famous Cliffs of Moher.

    Supported by Clare Sports Partnership, the An Post Tour de Burren is designed to offer a variety of challenges. Cyclists with a disability are particularly welcome. European Hand Cycling Gold Medallist, Mark Rohan, took part in the 60km Corkscrew Challenge and Special Olympian Conrad McCollough also participated.

    According to John Sweeney, the Coordinator of Clare Sports Partnership, “We got very positive feedback from all those who took part. Participants were very happy with the level of organisation and the An Post Tour de Burren has gained a reputation as a premium cycling event in Ireland that appeals to a wide variety of cyclists.”

    Participants were able to avail of timing facilities, refreshments during and after the event, changing facilities, and the use of various support services along the routes. Thousands of litres of water were provided, 3,000 cups of tea were brewed and thousands of tired legs were massaged in a huge logistical operation where the needs of over 1,700 cyclists were met.

    Broadcaster Ian Dempsey was the starter for all routes which added to the festival like atmosphere in Ballyvaughan and at the famous Monks Bar and Restaurant BBQ.

    For Maureen Cleary of the Clare Tourism Forum, “The An Post Tour de Burren is more than a sporting occasion; it brings people from all over Ireland together and allows the local tourism sector to showcase all that it has to offer. The efforts of a whole community have made this a hugely successful event and I applaud the organisers for their dedication and hard work.”

    John Treacy, CEO of the Irish Sports Council was keen to stress the importance of cycling as a means of exercise, “The whole purpose of the An Post series is to get people active. The Irish Sports Council supports this aim. Nationwide, over 8,000 people will participate in the entire An Post Cycle Series so they are a great way of encouraging people to train and they give everyone an opportunity to work to their own ability. Those who came out today enjoyed the beautiful Burren in June and had a great day’s exercise. What could be better?”

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