The SKODA Celtic Cycling Series (www.celticseries.ie) is the newest series of cycling events in Ireland. The new series is linked to the international series of sportives that was created in 2012 and now includes the Celtic nations of Ireland, Wales, Brittany, France and the Isle of Man.
The Celtic Series events are designed for cyclists of all abilities from beginners, cyclists aiming to tackle their first century or experienced cyclists looking to tackle some of the finest cycling routes in Ireland and Europe.
This year the SKODA Celtic Cycling Series has expanded across Ireland to include three Irish events that includes two great new events in Clare and the Boyne Valley area of Meath and Louth.
SKODA Tour de Conamara – Saturday 28th May, Clifden (SOLD OUT)
SKODA Granfondo Hibernia – Sunday 31st July, Ennis
SKODA Stephen Roche Boyne Valley Classic – Saturday 18th September, Drogheda
Watch out for details on the benefits on taking part in two or more of the SKODA Celtic Series events in Ireland. Cyclists who take part in at least two of the three events will be entered into a draw for some fantastic prizes.
The international leg of the Celtic Series includes three cycling sportives taking place across the Celtic nations of Wales, Brittany, France, Scotland and the Isle of Man. You can participate in one, two or all Celtic Series events as your 2016 cycling challenge.
This year the Celtic Series starts again with a visit to the ‘Paris Roubaix’ of the North and Tro Bro Leon in Brittany. Cycle the route on the Saturday and watch the pros in the 1.1 UCI ranked event the following day. Experience cycling the classics, the Breton way, home of Bernard Hinualt.
The Irish leg is next with the Tour de Conamara bringing cyclists along the most picturesque sportive route in Ireland. Sample the unique landscape of Connemara with mountains, valleys, lakes and coast. This year the event will include large parts of the Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way route.
The Lighthouse Challenge in the Isle of Man brings cyclists on a loop of the island providing views of all the neighbouring countries. The event starts at the famed Isle of Man TT course before skirting along the coast for the entire sportive. Cycle on the training ground for World Champions and Tour de France winning team members. This is followed by the Grandfondo Hibernia in Ennis, Co. Clare with two spectacularly scenic routes of 150km and 100km to choose from.
The SKODA Celtic Series then moves to the East coast of Ireland and the historic Boyne Valley. The Stephen Roche Boyne Valley Classic starts and finishes in Drogheda and promises to be an epic spin through fantastic scenery and Ireland most famous historic sites. All this in the company of triple crown winner Stephen Roche.
The Celtic Series finishes in Wales. The Cambrian Coast Sportive starts from Aberdovey and is set entirely within the Snowdonia National Park. The routes follow the coast and beaches, climbs the mountains, skirt around lakes and descend through forests, making it arguably the most scenic sportive ride in the country.
The 2016 Celtic Series gives sportive cyclists an opportunity to sample a variety of cycling cultures, different terrains in 4 Celtic Nations. Are you ready to become the 2016 Celtic Cycling Warrior?
For more details, log onto www.boynevalleyclassic.com