The Etape Connemara was officially launched recently at Croí House, The Heart & Stroke Centre based in Newcastle, Galway.
The Étape Connemara is a new 150km cycling sportive taking place on Sunday 1st September 2013. This is a chip-timed event on open roads in Connemara. Beginning at Croí House, riders will make their way out to Connemara and take on some of the most challenging climbs in the West. The event is suitable for moderate or advanced riders and all participants should have a high level of fitness. There is also an additional time trial within the event called the Maam Mountain Goat Challenge which will time riders as they climb the Maam Valley (approx 3km).
All Riders will be chip-timed and start in groups of 50. Riders must complete the 150k course within 6 hours to be classified as a finisher. For 2013, organisers are limiting entries to the first 500 registered Riders. Entry for the event is €100 with all proceeds going back to the charity to continue its life-saving work. Croí have much experience in organising successful cycle events; the charity’s Tour du Lough Corrib which is led by Sean Kelly is now in its 18th year and attracts approximately 1000 riders per year.
The Etape Connemara is organised by Croí in association with Nigel’s Cycle Store, and supported by Corrib Oil, The Connacht Tribune & IDonate. Mechanical support & Refreshments will be provided during and after the event. All finishers will receive an Etape Connemara Medal and the winner of the Mountain Goat Challenge will receive a Trophy.
Pictured at the Launch were: Barry McCann, Karen Maloney, Neil Johnson & Nigel Forde (Nigel’s Cycle Store).