The following is a listing of the major sportive events held annually in Ireland. As the dates provided are provisional we recommend you check the relevant sportive web page for actual 2011 dates closer to the time.
Blarney CC Memorial Sportive (Sunday 2nd Jan)
Details to follow.
Stephen Roche Tour De Cure (Saturday 7th May)
Midleton Cycling & Tri Club hold the Annual “Stephen Roche ‘TOUR DE CURE’ in association with MyHome.ie”, Charity Cycle Sportif. The event is planned to take place on Saturday, 7th May 2011 and is based around Midleton Co- Cork. The legendary Stephen Roche is centrally associated with the event and will be riding the routes with as many participants in the hope of raising significant funds to support 2011′s two selected great causes.
There are four route options on the day which have been individually selected and will loop through the beautiful East Cork and West Waterford Counties. Participants can choose from 4 routes namely a 15km family fun, a 50km Novice Route, a 100km Challenge for Leisure” riders and the “160km Expert Route for advanced bike riders.
Circuits: 15km (Family)/50km(Novice)/100km(Challenger)/160km(Expert)
Wicklow 200km Cycle Challenge (Sunday 12th June)
The Wicklow 200 is a non-competitive cycle ride that takes place on one day every June. It covers 200 kilometres around the roads of beautiful County Wicklow (the Garden of Ireland) and attracts over 2000 cyclists from many different countries. The shorter Wicklow Challenge takes place on the same day, and shares most of its route with the Wicklow 200.
The route is very challenging. It includes many climbs, big and small, with some up to a height of 500 metres. The total climb is over 2000 metres so the event should not be taken lightly. While every year many cyclists who have never attempted a similar challenge before complete the Wicklow 200 successfully, it requires attention to training and preparation. Starting at 7:00 a.m. riders are allowed up to 14 hours to complete the route, although most finish well inside that.
Circuits: 100km (Challenger)/200km(Expert)
West Cork 200km Cycle Challenge (Sunday 19th June)
Cyclists leave from the leisue centre in Baltimore and follow the 200 km cycle track through Skibbereen, along the coastal road through Barleycove, Durrus, Kilcrohane, Bantry and the Mealagh valley before rounding Nowen hill and travelling to Castledonovan, Drimoleague, Drinagh, Leap and back to Baltimore.
Ring of Kerry Cycle Challenge (Saturday 3rd July)
The event is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists who will experience a fun and rewarding day’s cycling, completing 112 miles of the spectacular Ring of Kerry, while at the same time fundraising for worthy Kerry based Charities. To date the Ring of Kerry Cycle has raised over €3.5 million for Kerry Charities and to support this massive fundraising initiative the Radio Kerry Community Fund, a fund that was set up by Radio Kerry to raise money for Kerry Community and Charity projects, has come on board as event sponsor.
The Sean Kelly Tour (Sunday 28th Aug)
Sean Kelly was one of the finest cyclists that Europe has ever seen and it was in the beautiful County Waterford in the South East of Ireland that he learned that craft. Now, in paying tribute to the name of Sean Kelly, County Waterford invites you to pedal the hills and valleys where Kelly’s bike once flashed over the cobbles. Welcome to Kelly country! We have every intention of making your visit a memorable one.
The Rebel Tour (Saturday 10th Sept)
Enjoy an action packed ‘festival style’ weekend and let your pedals do the talking by cycling around the roads and mountains of Cork when the An Post Cycle Series makes its way there for the ‘Rebel Tour’ next weekend. Participants have a choice of three road events to choose from. Keen cyclists and enthusiastic amateurs will have the option of taking on the 80k ‘Rebel Rider’ or the exhilarating 160k ‘Rebel Challenge’, while there is plenty on offer for families as the 10 kilometre ‘Rebel Pedal’ makes its way from Grand Parade.