An Post Tour de Burren 2014

 

Matt Cooper

The An Post Tour de Burren returns on June 21, 2014

This is the 11th year of the An Post Tour de Burren, with 2,000 participants taking to their bikes last year, and a cut off of 1,600 this year.

It was fantastic to see so many people of all ages and cycling abilities out on their bikes and enjoying all that North Clare has to offer. The Tour has gained the reputation over the past number of years as being regarded as one of the premier sportif cycling events in Ireland.

Details of this year's event


2014 Route Details:

Family Loop – 10km

This is a family spin and over half the route will take families along green roads, in the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan. Open to all ages, once accompanied by an adult. Refreshments at the halfway mark.

The Burren Circuit – 52km

This is great route for the novice cyclist. Leaving Ballyvaughan, you travel out the N67 in the direction of Lisdoonvara. The entire climb, with its numerous switch backs is just 5km. Its not as bad as it sounds! For the next 11.5km or so, you will have a nice steady and relaxing cycle to Lisdoonvarna, where there will be a welcome break (60km), with tea, sandwiches, salmon on brown bread and of course, cheesecake! The final 37km will bring you into Doolin and then along the Wild Atlantic Way, back to Ballyvaughan and the finish of this year’s event.

Heart of the Burren – 96km

This route is longer and tougher than the equivalent route last year! This year you go out the Galway Road into Bellharbour. You continue along the N67, where after approx 12km, you encounter our first climb, ‘The Ballaghdine’. After a further 2km at the Galway Border and turn right up ‘The Corker Hill’. This is a 1km testing climb, which will really get your heart pumping.  The next 7km is a mixture of downhill and relatively flat cycling, until you commence the 6.5km Climb to Carron village, with the first 3km the most testing. The following 17.5km to Newtown Castle will take you through the heart of the Burren passing Caherconnell Stone (38km) fort where you will have your first water stop at the remarkable Poll na Bron Dolman, before a scenic descent, down Ballyalban Hill, past the Aillwee Cave, when you will rejoin the N67 at Newtown Castle Cross. From here you begin the ascent of the infamous Corkscrew Hill. The entire climb, with its numerous switch backs is just 5km. It’s not as bad as it sounds! For the next 11.5km or so, you will have a nice steady and relaxing cycle to Lisdoonvarna, where there will be a welcome break (60km), with tea, sandwiches, salmon on brown bread and of course, cheesecake! The final 37km will bring you into Doolin and then along the Wild Atlantic Way, back to Ballyvaughan and the finish of this year’s event.

The Burnin Burren – 160km

This year you revert to some of the old and some of the new....

Leaving Ballyvaughan you head out the Galway Road, through Bellharbour and up the first climb - Ballaghdine. It's short, 500m in length, but with a gradient of 10% it will pinch the legs. On up the new line and to Boston (Co. Clare!) and into the foot of Glann Hill - otherwise known as the mini corkscrew! Several switchbacks and short enough at 3km but worth it for the view at the top - into Carron. Down Ballyalban and into the base of the Corkscrew Hill - the usual favourite. It's nearly 5km from bottom to top, you should enjoy it! The road surface is good and you should glide up it - you can look forward to a well earned break in Lisdoonvarna afterwards.

There is no Castle Hill this year, so after tea you head on the N67 to the Cliffs of Moher with a mad descent into Liscannoe. Turn left outside the village and up Doonagore, 5km of slow drag. At the top, hard right and a long descent into the outskirts of Lahinch. Sharp left and 1km to a right over the bridge and into Ennistymon. Left and 1km right into Kilfenora and on to Lisdoonvarna for another cuppa - well earned again!! The legs are burned now but the sight of home is nearing fast.

So for home you go back out to Doolin and this time you turn right and head home by the coast road.

Food stop 1 @ 65km
Food stop 2 @ 120km

Registration

Online registration at www.tourdeburren.com - open middle March 2014

For postal entries contact: cathy@claresportspartnership.ie

Entry Fees

Aillwee Cave Family Loop 10km €3 
The Burren Circuit 52km €35 Early Bird up until June 3rd €45 after June 3rd
Heart of the Burren 96km €45 Early Bird up until June 3rd €55 after June 3rd
The Burnin Burren 160km €45 Early Bird up until June 3rd €55 after June 3rd

10% Discount on the 52km, 96km and 160km cycle to all Cycling Ireland Members, only on the early bird price.

Event registration will close on midnight Monday, June 16 or as there is a limit of 1,600 cyclists on the event, when this number is reached. There will be no registration on the day.

Further Information

For further information and any queries contact:

Clare Sports Partnership, Unit 1 Westgate Business Park, Ennis, Co. Clare
www.tourdeburren.comwww.claresportspartnership.ie
Email: info@claresportspartnership.ie
Telephone: +353 65 68 65434


  • Cycling partners:
  • Irish Sports Council
  • Cycling Ireland
  • Supported by:
  • An Post - do more