GEARING UP FOR THE 17TH TOUR DE BURREN
It’s time to oil the brakes, pump up the wheels and get a few miles on the legs for the 17th annual Tour de Burren Cycle on June 19th, 2021.
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.
At the moment we can confirm there will be two main routes to choose from. A third shorter route is being explored.
The two main routes start in Ballyvaughan and bring cyclists through the Burren Geopark 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 the famous strawberry cheesecake, biscuits and endless supply of tea and coffee await the riders who’ll get to chat and compare strategies (or aches). In fact, the Tour de Burren food stop is nearly as famous as the cycle itself… part of the Tour de Burren 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 10.30am. We’re hoping to see more mini cyclists than ever on June 19th, 2021.
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 ice cream with a flake at the end of the cycle…
HISTORY OF TOUR DE BURREN
This is the 17th year of the Burren Cycling Club’s Tour de Burren as a sportif. In 2014, the event was voted, by Cycling Ireland Members of which there are over 23,000, as the best leisure cycling event in Ireland!!
The event started all those years ago when a few enthusiastic members of the Club got together and organised a spin in one of the most beautiful areas of Ireland. The spin, soon became an annual event and interest grew, especially with the lure of brown bread and smoked salmon at the food stop.
In 2009, Sport Ireland secured funding from An Post, to provide support to a five cycle series in Ireland. Clare Local Sports Partnership and the Burren Cycling Club successfully bid to make the Tour de Burren one of the An Post Cycle Series events.
In 2018 the Burren Cycling Club returned to its roots and organised the event on their own. It had all the same draws and high standards as previous years coupled with a few surprises and treats.
In 2019 Sam Bennett and Sean Kelly cycled the Tour de Burren. These two Tipperary men were welcomed to the Burren with open arms and won a place in the hearts of the cyclists.
In 2020 the Burren Cycling Club had to cancel the Tour de Burren due to CODID-19. It was a difficult year for mass participation events and cycling in general.
The Tour de Burren is recognised as one of the ‘Must Do’ cycle sportifs in the country. Indeed, it has been acclaimed in the past as Ireland’s Premier Cycle Sportif, that many try to emulate, year on year!