The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford came about because of the desire of the people of Waterford to pay tribute to the name of Sean Kelly in a manner befitting his legendary cycling status. It also came about because of Sean Kelly’s willingness to lend his name to an event which would benefit his own area and his own people. Finally, it came about because of the willingness of Waterford County Council and Waterford Sports Partnership to come together with the local cycing clubs and community groups to plan and deliver this exciting event. 2012 saw the sixth staging of the event and it was an unrivalled success with over 6,200 riders taking part across the four routes.
The 2013 Tour will be held on Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August and is part of the An Post Series of five cycling events throughout Ireland in 2013. For the first time ever this event will be limited to 5,000 participants in total for the three Sunday routes (see individual route limits below).
The 2013 Routes:
There are four different routes of varying degrees of difficulty:
SATURDAY AUGUST 24, 2013 - ENTRY ON THE DAY ONLY FOR THE 12km
The Kelly Spin is a family event open to all. Over 1,300 cyclists of all ages took part in the 2012 Kelly Spin. This event takes place in Dungarvan, largely on a scenic cycle track taking in Abbeyside, Clonea and the Gold Coast.
SUNDAY AUGUST 25, 2013 - PRE REGISTRATION ONLY - NO ENTRY ON THE DAY
The 50km Kelly Cruise is a gentle tester for those who spend a good bit of time in the saddle.
For those, however, who are not regular cyclists, this a really good test, and particularly suitable for family participants. 50km participant limit of 1,500 in 2013.
The 100km Kelly Heritage Route is ideal for the touring cyclists. This stunning route takes in the wonderful scenery along the River Blackwater through Cappoquin, Lismore and Knockanore and skirts the coast through Ardmore and An Rinn. 100km participant limit of 1,900 in 2013.
The 160km Kelly Comeragh Challenge is the tough, tough, part of the tour and not for the faint
hearted. It includes four tough climbs, Tickincor, Powers the Pot, Mahon Falls & the Máma Road and is suitable for more experienced touring cyclists or those that have taken part in the 100k in previous years. 160km participant limit of 1,600 in 2013.
The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford is about participation, fun and sporting challenge. But, it is also part of a bigger overall objective to make County Waterford an extremely cycle-friendly place, firstly, for visitors to the County, whether from home or abroad, but also for our own community. We want everybody to have the opportunity of realising the beauties and benefits of cycling, whilst also experiencing the hospitality and breathtaking scenery of County Waterford.
Are you up for it? Go on - get on your bike, and get ready for the Sean Kelly!
Registration and Entry Fees:
Details of entry fees are as follows:
|The Kelly Spin – 12km
||€2 ENTRY ON THE DAY ONLY |
|The Kelly Cruise – 50km
||Registration for The Kelly Cruise is now closed. |
|The Kelly Heritage Route – 100km
||Registration for The Kelly Heritage Route is now closed.|
|The Kelly Comeragh Challenge - 160km
||Registration for The Kelly Comeragh Challenge is now closed. |
Cycling Ireland members can avail of a 10% discount on the entry fee. Cycling Ireland Membership number to be completed on entry form (this will be verified with Cycling Ireland)
Closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday August 14, 2013
For further information on The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford please call 058 21104 or visit www.theseankellytour.com