The SKODA Celtic Cycling Series (www.celticseries.ie) is the newest series of cycling events in Ireland. 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.
The 2018 SKODA Celtic Cycling Series will feature three Irish events that includes cycles in Connemara, Clare and the Boyne Valley area of Meath and Louth.
SKODA Tour de Conamara – Saturday 26th May, Clifden
SKODA Ring of Clare Cycle – Saturday 28th st July, Ennis
SKODA Tour de Boyne Valley – September (Date TBC), Drogheda
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 2018 cycling challenge.
Full details of the 2018 international partner events to be confirmed in coming weeks but the following gives you a flavour what the calendar looks like
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. 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 Ring of Clare Cycle in Ennis, Co. Clare with two spectacularly scenic routes of 160km and 120km to choose from.
The Celtic Series then moves to 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 Wales.
The Tour de Boyne Valley starts and finishes in Drogheda and brings cyclists by the coast and countryside of the beautiful Boyne Valley.
The 2018 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 2018 Celtic Cycling Warrior?
For more details on other events in the SKODA Celtic Cycling Series please visit www.celticseries.ie