Tour De Burren 18th June 2022

Tour de Burren 2021 CANCELLED

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.

All 2021 entries will be refunded.

Yours in cycling
The Burren Cycling Club

Tour de Burren 2021

Registration is now open for Tour de Burren 2021. For the first time in 17 years the Burren Cycling Club had to cancel the 2020 Tour de Burren cycling event due to the Covid-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

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.

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Tour de Burren 2021

Cancellation of Tour de Burren 2020

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’
‘Group Exercise
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 tdeb@burrencyclingclub.com 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.

Stay safe,
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.

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…

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Burren Charity Challenge

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.

We hope to see you there.

Tour de Burren 2019

All imagery captured at Tour de Burren 2019 can be found here.

Should you require a high res image from the gallery drop me a line at tdeb@burrencyclingclub.com

Sam Bennett to ride Tour de Burren 2019

Due to circumstances completely beyond the control of the Burren Cycling Club, Bradley Wiggins will not be attending the Tour de Burren on Saturday 22nd June.  Ireland’s leading professional cyclist, Sam Bennett, will be joining Sean Kelly at this year’s event.

Important Information About TdeB 2019

Important information about Tour de Burren 2019.
Please read this message.

If you booked TdeB on behalf of someone else please share this information with them.


FREE parking is provided in the Green Field across from O’ Lochlainn’s Bar (same field as registration).
Camper vans and campers park for free in the Community Field.

Registration Times

Registration for all events will open on
Friday, 21st June, from 4pm until 9pm
Saturday, 22nd June, from 7am onwards

To register/sign in we require your name.  No need to worry about booking reference numbers, bar codes or paper tickets.
At registration you will receive a wrist band. Please wear the wrist band for the duration of the cycle.
No wrist band, no food.
No wrist band, no event hoodie.
No wrist band, no 99 cone.

Registration will take place in the Green Field across from O’ Lochlainn’s Bar, Ballyvaughan.

Start Times

130KM will start promptly at 9AM
100KM will start promptly at 10AM
will start promptly at 10.10AM
14KM Family Loop will start between 10.30AM – 11AM. 

IMPORTANT: If you leave early there will be no marshals on the roads and you cycle at your own risk.  We do not recommend nor encourage any cyclist to depart before the start time.

Also showers of rain are promised throughout Saturday so please be careful on the road and come fully prepared.

Road Disruptions

There are NO road closures in place. 
But please expect delays on all approach roads to Ballyvaughan. There will be plenty of parking available in the Green Field across from O’ Lochlainn’s Bar in the heart of the village.
Please allow ample time when planning your journey to Ballyvaughan and arrive with time to spare.

All directional route signage is marked with YELLOW & BLACK signs. Please follow them.  Each route is clearly signposted so please keep your eyes open.

Food Stop

130km & 100km Food Stop is in Kilnaboy Community Hall.
Fanore National School is only a water stop for the 130km & 100km routes.

50km Food Stop is in Fanore National School.

Remember: No wrist band – No food.

No Bike Mechanic

It is your own responsibility to have your bike in good working condition.  Please double check your bike before leaving home and remember to bring spare tubes etc.

There is no bike mechanic or bike shop in Ballyvaughan or on the route.

Don’t Forget the Rules of the Road Apply

  • No helmet, No cycle.
  • There will be no road closures.
  • The event is a leisure cycle. It is not a race.
  • Participants must obey all marshals.
  • Organisers have the right to refuse participation.
  • Your bicycle should be in good working condition and road worthy. You must bring your own spare tubes etc.
  • Break downs are your own responsibility – we do not provide breakdown cover.  We will collect you as the broom passes.
  • Event shuts down at 6pm Saturday evening – the finish area will be gone if you delay coming home.

Both Sean Kelly and Bradley Wiggins will be in the photo booth at this years Tour de Burren.  If you want a picture with both these cycling legends please do not delay cycling home.

The Burren Cycling Club is a voluntary group of passionate cyclists who work hard to ensure the Tour de Burren is run to the highest of standards.

You also play a vital role in the successful running of the event.  Please prepare for the day, arrive with time to spare, have your bicycle in good working order, respect the rules of the road and be kind to your fellow cyclists, marshals and event organisers.

We hope you enjoy your day at the Tour de Burren.

The Burren is a beautiful place. Please help us keep it that way. Don’t litter while cycling the Tour de Burren.

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