The Comeragh Tour 100km & 125km (if you do the OPTIONAL Climbs) cycle sportive will take place at 10AM on Sunday 26th August 2018 starting & finishing in picturesque village of Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford in the heart of the Nire Valley. This is a fundraising event and has benefited both local and not so local causes. The beneficiaries of the cycle over the past years included Special Olympics – Local & Munster Region, The Ballymacarbry National School, The Ballymacarbry Community Centre and Haven Partnership (Re-building Homes in Haiti following their devastating earthquake in January 2010).
Legendary cyclist Sean Kelly has given his personal support to the Comeragh Tour in helping us promote the tour and has made the personal effort to appear at the funds presentation event, much to the delight of the Special Olympics athletes! Special mention is need also for Sean Kelly's brother, Martin Power who is also a great supporter of the tour and has been lead marshal every year.
This is not a timed event. It is a challenge that you do at your own pace. All levels of cyclists are catered for from the fastest to the slowest and all levels in-between. There will be plenty of help on the day so make sure you keep the event emergency / help number to hand, just in case.
TWO ROUTES 100kmor 125km (with 2 optional climbing loops) Option of doing two very challenging and iconic climbing loops of Mahon Falls & Tincor/Powers The Pot
Both routes route travel around the very scenic Comeragh Mountains. Starting in Ballymacarbry (on the R671) the peloton will travel to Dungarvan and onto Lemybrien. Expect all the colours of the rainbow representing club kits to professional team outfits. After Lemybrien the cyclists will have the choice either to climb the iconic Mahon Falls and then returning to the main route or continuing straight on to Carrick on Suir. In Carrick there will be water stop to recharge the energy levels. After Carrick its onto Clonmel and the second of the optional climbing loops - Ticincor up to the very top of Powers The Pot and returning to the main route in Clonmel via the scenic Nire Road climb. All cyclists will then return to Ballymacarbry where there will be some welcome refreshments available.
MAHON FALLS, TICINCOR & POWERS THE POT CLIMBS The optional climbs are very challenging. Mahon Falls starts from Mahon Bridge and is approx. 5 km long with an average gradient of 7 % BUT the last 500 m of the climb has a gradient of 15%. Ticincor is approx. 6 km long and hits you immediately with a gradient of 16%+ then "flattens out" to about 10% followed by a stiff 20% section as you pass the aerial masts towards the top. Powers the Pot is a very scenic climb with grades of 6-7%. Mahon Falls featured of the, now discontinued, Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford in all years it ran except 2017 while The Ticincor climb all the way up to to the highest road section of the Comeragh's followed by the Powers The Pot climb was a new addition to that tour in 2017.
There will be plenty of help on the day including the Civil Defence who will provide medical cover, the Garda, bike marshals, road marshals, caterers, photographers, and general helpers on the day. The Ballymacarbry Community Centre will allow us use their first class facilities for the event including use of dressing rooms before after the event.
Every participant must report to Ballymacarbry Community Centre on Sunday 26th August 2018 between 8.30am and 9.30am. A hard shell cycling helmet is compulsory. We ask all participants to remember that this event is being run on open roads and the rules of the road apply at all times. Marshalls will be out on the course but remember that they DO NOT have any authority to control or stop traffic. They are present for awareness purposes only. ALL participants are responsible for their own safety and participate at their own risk. Please ensure that your bicycle is in a roadworthy condition (correctly working brakes, gears etc.) and that your wheels are fully inflated. Please bring a pump, spare tubes and puncture repair kit. The official start time for the route is 10:00 a.m. SHARP. There will be PARKING in the immediate vicinity of Ballymacarbry Community Centre (please follow stewards’ instructions on arrival). Parking will not be allowed in the private housing estate adjacent to the Community Centre. Please allow plenty of time for parking, registering and getting ready prior to the starting time of 10AM.
We hope that your training schedule is on track and are looking forward to welcoming you on the day. For further event information and news, visit our facebook page: Comeragh Tour or telephone Martin Moore on 086-2571203. online registration is now ----OPEN!!