Every journey has bumps in the road. And while we share with you the news that the Tour de Burren is off the map for 2023, we’re excited to be gearing up with the wind at our back for the next chapter of this iconic Irish cycle sportive in 2024. And all roads are leading to excitement, challenge and victory…
In planning this ‘de-tour’ in our journey, the Club is guided by some of the values we hold close:
We’re Staying Focused
In 2016 the Burren Cycling Club formed a racing team which proudly went on to enjoy many victories and placing across the country. In 2023 we are committed to supporting this team in the Rás Tailteann -Ireland’s famous international stage race which attracts huge interest and participation. To make this possible, we need to redeploy all Tour de Burren resources – including planning hours and Club volunteers – to this international event.
We’re Ensuring Quality
From the accommodation options available to the facilities we use; the Tour de Burren has always had a signature of quality. As a region we’re experiencing the logistical challenge of a lack of available bed nights in the area, so are unable to accommodate cyclists to our approved standards.
Our strong team is busy behind the scenes to get the Tour de Burren back on the road in June 2024. It’s a new era and our sportive will look a little different – but we’re wholly committed to providing cyclists with a premium event that is safe, enjoyable and hugely rewarding for all. As always, our goal will be to deliver an event that incorporates the very best of the beautiful Burren landscape, offering an abundant food stop and showcases hospitality at its finest – all wrapped up in the winning colours of a Clare welcome.
Thank you for championing our journey and be sure to put Tour de Burren 2024 in your diary – we’ll be sharing details and opening registration in the autumn.
Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Burren Cycling Club, has reached the decision to cancel the 2021 Tour de Burren. We are unable to run our event while keeping the participants, volunteers and local communities of Ballyvaughan and North Clare safe.
The Tour de Burren will return on Saturday, 18th June 2022 in a format that is safe for everyone involved.
Therefore we aim to return in 2021 with an amazing event and we want you to come to Ballyvaughan in County Clare on Saturday 19th June 2021 to join us.
We are keeping our reduced entry fee with a special early bird rate of €30 for the first 200 entries, €35 for the next 300 and €40 for the final 500 participants.
Along with the reduced entry fee, everybody receives a Tour de Burren beanie hat which they can pick up on signing in on the Friday evening or Saturday morning. Our beanies are sure to complement the Tour de Burren fashion collection which many entrants have picked up over the years!
By the way, did we mention the fabulous food stop and whipped ice cream with a flake at the end of the cycle…
Let’s make the 2021 Tour de Burren the best yet!
By booking your place early you get to avail of the best value ticket price, secure a place at the event and help us, the organisers, plan for a brilliant event. Remember we are limiting our numbers to 1,000 entries.
The Burren Cycling Club are disappointed to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Tour de Burren, mass participation cycling event. In light of the recent changes to the Public Health Guidelines provided by the Government on Friday 01st May 2020 we are unable to run Tour de Burren on the 20th June, 2020.
Phase 2 (restrictions from the 8th June) clearly state the following under the heading ‘Sports, Tourism & Culture’
People can take part in outdoor sporting and fitness activities, involving small group team sports training (but not matches) where social distancing can be maintained and where there is no contact.’
The Tour de Burren attracts hundreds of cyclists so therefore it is not permitted to take place on the 20th June.
We are offering all registered cyclists the option of either:
1. Refund of entry fee. Please note the third party booking engine we use to facilitate bookings are not refunding the original booking fee.
2. Transfer of your entry to the 2021 Tour de Burren which will take place on Saturday 19th June 2021.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org your preferred option.
We are very disappointed not to be hosting our annual sportif but the safety of our entrants, supporters, volunteers and club members is our priority.
Thank you for your support.
The Burren Cycling Club.
Tour de Burren 2021 will take place on Saturday 19th June 2021.
It’s time to oil the brakes, pump up the wheels and get a few miles on the legs for the 16th annual Tour de Burren Cycle on June 20, 2020.
Truly a local event organised by the Burren Cycling Club, the cycle will bring 1,000 regular and would-be riders out into the beautiful landscape of the Burren National Park in County Clare. Can there be a better way to engage with our awe-inspiring scenery than to ride along the Wild Atlantic Way on two wheels? And with excellent signage on the route as well as an army of marshals, participants feel safe and relaxed so they enjoy the spin.
Two main routes start in Ballyvaughan and bring cyclists through the Burren Geopark, past Fr Ted’s House and back home along the coast road which forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way. The Burning Burren 130km route starts at 9am, while the Burren Heart 100km route starts an hour later at 10am.
Both routes meet at Kilnaboy Community Hall for the famous food stop, which is worth the cycling effort to get there. Sandwiches including the famous brown bread and smoked salmon, cakes including strawberry cheesecake and apple tart, biscuits and endless supply of tea and coffee await the riders who’ll get to chat and compare stats (or aches). In fact, the Tour de Burren food stop is nearly as famous as the cycle itself… part of the Tour de Burren challenge lies in getting up on the bike after all the cheesecake.
And of course, we haven’t forgotten cycling families – the Family Loop takes off at 11am. We’re hoping to see more mini cyclists than ever on June 20.
NO SHORT ROUTE
Former participants should note that there’s no shorter route this year due to the county Fleadh in Lisdoonvarna the same weekend (June 19 – 21). But what a great opportunity to enjoy post-cycle craic in the company of some of the best local traditional musicians in County Clare!
This year, we’re reducing the entry fee with a special early bird rate of €30 for the first 200 entries, €35 for the next 300 and €40 for the final 500 participants. So get in gear and sign up!
Along with the reduced entry fee, everybody receives a Tour de Burren beanie hat which they can pick up on signing in. Our beanies are sure to complement the Tour de Burren fashion collection which entrants have picked up over the years!
By the way, did we mention the whipped ’99 ice cream at the end of the cycle…
The Burren Charity Challenge will take place in Ballyvaughan on Friday 27th December. Registration will take place in Monks Ballyvaughan from 11am with starting time 1pm.
You can cycle 40km & run/walk 10km or you can cycle 40km and run/walk 5km.
Entry fee is €20 which includes t-shirt and refreshments afterwards.