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ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle brings 2,500 cyclists to the Banner

ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle brings 2,500 cyclists to the Banner

2,500 cyclists are in the county this weekend for the return of the ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle.. International participants from ten countries are signed…

Saturday, Jul 16

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2,500 cyclists are in the county this weekend for the return of the ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle..

International participants from ten countries are signed up for what is one of the largest mass participation events in Ireland. The event returns for the first time since 2019 as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and is estimated to be worth €1 million to the Clare tourism economy.

The ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle is part of the international ŠKODA Celtic Cycling Series, starting and finishing in Ennis. Cyclists have the option of 160km and 120km routes that brings the event along the Wild Atlantic Way, Loop Head Peninsula and back to Ennis by the newly developed Shannon Estuary Way.

Damian Hayes of ŠKODA Al Hayes Ennis explained how the Clare cycle continues to be among the most popular events on the leisure cycling sportive calendar. “This is the fourth year of the event and it has sold out for the past three years. The event started in 2016 with 800 cyclists and has trebled in a short space of time to attract 2,500 participants annually. The feedback from participants have highlighted the spectacular route around Clare from the coast, Loop Head Peninsula to the estuary journey back to the finish. The reputation of Ennis as a great host town provides another reason for so many visitors to take part”. Hayes added, “the impact of the event spreads beyond Ennis with hundreds of cyclists staying across the county delivering a real economic boast […]

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