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12k Kelly Spin 

The 12k Kelly Spin is a family event which will take place on Saturday 20th August 2016 and is open to all - cyclists under 10 must be accompanied by an adult*. This event takes place in Dungarvan, largely on the scenic Waterford Greenway taking in Abbeyside, Clonea and the Gold Coast.‌‌

*All independent cyclists must be aged 8 or over on 20th August 2016.

Registration: The Causeway Tennis Club, Abbeyside, Dungarvan from 10am on Saturday 20th August 2016.  

Start Time: 11.30am

Entry Fee: €2 per person

Safety: Helmets must be worn by all participants including children in carriers on parent’s bikes. Under 10's must be accompanied by an adult on the Cycle.

Refreshments & Prizes: There will be a fruit/water stop on the route and medals for the children at the finish.   

50k Kelly Cruise 

The 50k Kelly Cruise is ideal for those who are dipping their toes into the world of cycling for the first time. This route is particularly suitable for family participation. Note, however, that participants must be aged 10 or over on 21st August 2016.

Important Notice: 50k Kelly Cruise will be limited to 1500 participants in 2015.

Registration: Participants must pre-register for this event. Open online from Monday 29th February 2016 @ 9am

Start Details: 9.45 a.m. Sunday 21st August 2016 from Dungarvan Sports Centre  

Entry Fee: €30 for over 16's; €20 for under 16's

Safety: Helmets are compulsory for all participants.  

Refreshments: Villierstown Water Stop @ 23kms, Cappoquin Food Stop @ 30kms, Dungarvan Finish-Food Stop.

The 50k Kelly Cruise Route: After leaving Dungarvan the initial 15k takes in quite a narrow road. We ask all riders to show due care and respect to other road users and always obey the instructions of event officials-remember the roads are open to traffic at all times. At the 15k mark the route turns in the direction of the wonderful village of Villierstown, home of another one of Co. Waterford’s sporting legends, the great John Treacy. Again the organisers would ask participants to cycle carefully through the village.

After Villierstown the next 6 kms of the route is among some of the most scenic on this year’s Cruise route and should rightly be savoured-you are now heading northward on the beautiful (slightly hilly!) Dromana Drive on the banks of the River Blackwater. Our advice is to take your time and enjoy the scenery. Upon reaching the N72 turn left in the direction of Cappoquin and enjoy the great hospitality at our food stop in Cappoquin Community Centre. The return journey from Cappoquin to Dungarvan along what is known locally as the ‘Bog Road’ is relatively flat.

100k Kelly Heritage 

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‌This route is designed for the touring cyclist who has possibly decided to step up the training regime from having participated in the Kelly Cruise in previous years. It is an extremely scenic route in West Waterford. This is the fifth year that this route is part of the tour.

Important Notice: This route will be limited to 1900 participants in 2016.

Registration: Participants must pre-register for this event. Open online from Monday 29th February 2016 @ 9am

Start Details: 9 a.m. Sunday 21st August 2016 from Dungarvan Sports Centre
 
Entry Fee: €45

Safety: Helmets are compulsory for all participants. All participants must be over 16 years on 21st August 2016.

Refreshments: Lismore Water Stop @ 30kms, Knockanore Food Stop @ 55kms, Ardmore Water Stop @ 75kms and Dungarvan Finish Food Stop.

The 100k Kelly Heritage Route: The route for the initial 30k (approx) of this route takes in the N72 from Dungarvan, through Cappoquin and then onto the heritage town of Lismore. Participants should look to their right upon entering Lismoreto take in the breath taking views of Lismore Castle. After leaving the first water stop of the day in Lismore, it is back onto the N72 and a slight deviation to what has become ‘the traditional route’ as participants head westwards in the direction of Tallow. This will be Tallow’s first appearance on the route of the Sean Kelly Tour and organisers and participants alike are looking forward to visiting this West Waterford town.

After passing through Tallow, participants then cycle along the R634 in the direction of The Pike where they will turn left in the direction of the first full food stop at Knockanore Community Centre. Once again participants are assured a great welcome upon their arrival in the village. After leaving Knockanore participants head due south in the direction of Glendine and one of the most difficult uphill sections of the 100k route. Then it’s onwards towards Youghal Bridge and the estuary of the River Blackwater.

After turning left at Youghal Bridge for a brief cycle along the busy N25, the route veers left once again and heads in the direction of the community of Kinsalebeg. After Kinsalebeg then it’s onto the lovely seaside village of Ardmore and the second official water stop of the day in Ardmore GAA Club. There is a steady climb up after Ardmore as participants wheel along towards An tSean Phobal and An Rinn located in the heart of Waterford’s Gaeltacht area. There are some wonderful coastal views along this stretch of the route-so take your time to savour them before finally making the return journey via Ring Cross and the N25 back to the finish area at Dungarvan Sports Centre.

160k Kelly Comeragh Challenge

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The Kelly Comeragh Challenge is the tough, tough part of the tour and not for the fainthearted. Almost 160 km (100 miles) in length, it includes four 'Category One' climbs - Tickincor, Powers the Pot, Mahon Falls and the Máma Road and is suitable for touring cyclists who have spent a good bit of time in the saddle over the summer months.

Important Note: Please note that this route is limited to 1600 participants in 2016.

Registration: Participants must pre-register for this event. Open online from Monday 29th February 2016 @ 9am

Start Details: 8:15 a.m. Sunday 21st August 2016 from Dungarvan Sports Centre

Entry Fee: €45

Safety: Helmets are compulsory for all participants. All participants must be over 16 years on 21st August 2016.

Refreshments: Carrickbeg Water Stop @ 40kms, Clonmel Food Stop @ 55kms, Ballymacarbry Water Stop @ 75kms, Rathgormack Food Stop @ 100kms, Kilrossanty Water Stop @ 130kms, Kilbrien Water Stop @ 140kms, Dungarvan Finish Food Stop.

The 160k Kelly Comeragh Challenge Route: The route, largely follows, the route of the old Kelly Legacy route but dips into the Comeragh Mountains on a couple of occasions to fully test the strength, perseverance and stamina of the riders. Taking the N25 out of Dungarvan, the route veers to the left in Lemybrien along the R676 as far as Carrick-on-Suir. This is Kelly country. The route continues along the R680 after Carrick and then swings off to the left and up the 'super steep' Tickincor. The route then descends into Clonmel via the Mountain Road for the food stop at Hillview Sports Club. Next it is onto Ballymacarbry. Here participants veer to the left along the gorgeous Nire Valley before again swinging left over the Nire River and heading into the heart of the Comeraghs.

The route climbs to over 400 meters altitude at the wonderfully-named 'Powers the Pot', whence it descends through enchanting uplands to the lovely village of Rathgormack. Soon it rejoins the R676, heading southwards as far as Mahon Bridge where it once again heads into the mountains via the Mahon Falls, once more at over 400m altitude. But once again, for those who wish to avoid any more suffering, the worst of the climb may be by-passed, if so required. The descent from Mahon Falls deserves and demands real care. Then through Kilrossanty Village and along the Máma Road as far as Kilbrien before joining the R672 at Beary’s Cross.

Here, riders can breathe a sigh of relief. Though it is still over 13km back to Dungarvan, it is almost completely downhill! This is 13km which should be devoted to enjoying the sense of achievement that can only come from surviving the Kelly Comeragh Challenge!