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. 2014 saw the eigth staging of the event and it was an unrivalled success with over 6,500 riders taking part across the four routes.
This years event will take place on Saturday August 22, and Sunday August 23, 2015.
Details of the 2015 event
The 2015 Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford will be held on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23, August and is part of the An Post Series of five cycling events throughout Ireland in 2015. Please note that due to health and safety concerns and in an effort to ensure the enjoyment of all participants, this year's event will once again be limited to 5,000 participants.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday, August 12, 2015 or as soon as the participant limit per route is reached .... whichever comes first! (Please note that the event was SOLD OUT by July 30 last year).
The participant limit will be broken down per route as follows:
- 50k Kelly Cruise - 1500 participants
- 100k Kelly Heritage Route - 1900 participants
- 160k Kelly Comeragh Challenge - 1600 participants
The 2015 Routes:
There are four different routes of varying degrees of difficulty:
SATURDAY AUGUST 22, 2015 - ENTRY ON THE DAY ONLY FOR THE 12km
The Kelly Spin is a family event open to all. Over 1,500 cyclists of all ages took part in the 2014 Kelly Spin. This event takes place in Dungarvan, largely on a scenic cycle track taking in Abbeyside, Clonea and the Gold Coast.
SUNDAY AUGUST 23, 2015 - 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 2015.
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 2015.
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 2015.
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:
For more information on the event and for details on fees and how to register please visit www.theseankellytour.com or contact 058 21104.
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 12, 2015 or when the limit is reached for each route, if earlier. (Please note that the event was SOLD OUT by July 30 last year).
For further information on The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford please call 058 21104 or visit www.theseankellytour.com