Fancy a spin out West? The second annual Étape Connemara cycle will take place on Sunday 17th August and is set to attract riders from all over the country. This 150km chip timed cycle sportive is organised by heart & stroke charity Croí with all proceeds supporting the fight against heart disease and stroke.
Targeted at both club and leisure riders, this sportive is ideal for any cycling enthusiast that wants to challenge themselves on a testing route in a fantastic setting. Starting at the Croí Heart & Stroke Centre in Galway City, the Étape takes participants on a 150km cycle through some of the most stunning areas of Connemara including Oughterard, Maam Valley, Cor na Mona, Finny and Loughnafooey. There are 5 climbs totaling over 1,000 metres elevation which meanders through Joyce Country with breath-taking scenery and idyllic countryside.
Speaking at the launch, last year’s winner Nigel Forde commented “it is a great event for us to have on our doorstep. The inaugural event was very professionally organised and all elements of the cycle ran smoothly. Étape Connemara really has the potential to grow into a very successful major cycling event in the West.”
Entry for the Étape Connemara costs €60 which includes a commemorative jersey, support & refreshments, post event bbq and finishers medal. All proceeds from the event help Croí to continue their broad range of health & educational programmes, support services and awareness campaigns. Further details and online entry is available at www.etapeconnemara.ie