Posted by: Darragh | July 9, 2009

Chain Gang CC: July, August & September Sportives

Hi Gang,

Well here’s a rundown of some sportives to consider taking part in over the latter part of the cycling season.

  • The Trip to Tipp
    • Run by Blazing Saddles for the National Council for the Blind in Ireland, there are cycles over two days starting from the Anner Hotel and Leisure Centre, Thurles on the 18th and 19th of July.
    • The 18th sees a 70km ‘Three Counties Tour’ with a depart time of 1pm, and the 19th sees cycles of 200km (route map), 100km (route map), 60km and 20km departing at 9am, 10.30am, 10.30am and 11.30am respectively.
    • Several members of the club participated in the 200km cycle last year and it is highly recommended as a great way to complete a 200km event. It’s a well run event, with good marshalling and food stops and with a strong focus on maintaining pace and cyclists in a tight peloton so as to ensure everyone completes the challenge. The route has a lot of flat rolling road and two climbs, the Vee and the Glen of Aherloe to provide a bit of work and views.
    • Entry is €30, or free with a sponsorship card (available from Billy Shanahan @ and shower facilities will be available in the Hotel after the cycle.
    • Website: N/a
  • The Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford
  • The Chain Gang Connor Pass Challenge
    • Finally! Our own cycle!
    • In the process of being formalised
    • Starting from St. Pats GAA club, Blennerville on the 19th September
    • Start time TBC
    • 105km of fun all in all (route map)
    • Refreshments en route with shower facilities etc available in St. Pats afterwards

Now so! Hope I’ve given you food for thought there there’s about one a fortnight and something in each month. I’ll throw an email or text out in advance of each of the above to see who’s interested and try to help organise those intending to travel.


  1. Hi,
    My name is Joan McCarthy and I took part in the Conor Pass Cycle Event last Saturday. It was tough but I’m glad I completed it and hopefully will take part again next year.

    The event was excellently organised. Just one comment it would have been nice to have had a cup of tea and toilet facilities at the food stop before taking off for the completion of the cycle. Well done to all the organisers. The refreshments at Blennerville after finishing were excellent.

    I’m not a Member of any Club.Two friends and I decided to take part as we have completed the Ring of Kerry on six occasions.



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