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Focus on The Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge - 11th-14th May 2007
Focus on The Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge
By Blazing Saddles
2 Feb 2007,
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The 2007 Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge route consists of 4 stages:
Stage 1 - 11th May 07 – Ulster Stage 1: Lisburn to Cavan Town
Start at 9.45am after sign-on from the Lagan Valley Island Centre in Lisburn through the ‘scenic lakelands’ of Cavan to the stage finish at the Cavan Sports Complex in Cavan Town. A buffet dinner will be served at one of the top venues in Cavan and your accommodation will be strategically placed around the finish/start in Cavan Town. (164km) http://www.tourofireland.eu/maps/stage1.pdf
Stage2 - 12th May 07 – Connaught Stage 2: Cavan Town to Galway City
Start at 8.00am from the Cavan Sports Complex in Cavan Town over the ‘challenging by-ways’ along the river Shannon to the stage finish at the N.U.I.G Sports Centre in Galway City. A buffet dinner will be served at one of the top venues in Galway City and your accommodation will be strategically placed around the finish/start in Galway City. (228km) http://www.tourofireland.eu/maps/stage2.pdf
Stage3 - 13th May 07 – Munster Stage 3: Galway to Kilkenny City
Start at 8.00am from the N.U.I.G Sports Centre in Galway City taking in the ‘renowned areas’ of The Burren to the stage finish on The Parade in Kilkenny City. A buffet dinner will be served at one of the top venues in Kilkenny City and your accommodation will be strategically placed around the finish/start in Kilkenny City. (252km) http://www.tourofireland.eu/maps/stage3.pdf
Stage4 -14th May 2007 – Leinster Stage 4: Kilkenny City to Dublin City
Start at 8.00am from The Parade Kilkenny City through the ‘dizzy heights’ of Wicklow to the stage finish at Westmanstown Leisure Complex in Westmanstown. A finally dinner will be held at the centre where presentations of certificates and T-shirt will be made by special guest personalities. (175km) http://www.tourofireland.eu/maps/stage4.pdf
How do I enter?
You need to download the http://www.tourofireland.eu/regForm.pdf from our web site, fill in the particulars, sign it and post it back to us together with your [Sponsorship Form] and cheque to the address at the top of the form. The sponsorship or donation will secure your place on the Tour of Ireland Cycle Challenge 2007. All registration must be received by the 14th of April 2007.
Sponsorship Form: http://www.tourofireland.eu/sponsorship.pdf
How much does the Tour registration cost?
Each participant is required to donate or raise the minimum amount of sponsorship which will cover the cost of the participants registration pack. The Minimum amount of Sponsorship or Donation is either €600 or £400 which includes the item listed below.
What is included?
4 nights accommodation with breakfast and evening meal (4th night the 10th of May in Lisburn)
2 feed stations per stage
insurance and riders event license
service and mechanical support
kit bag and bike logistics
medical & first aid support
broom wagon and shuttle bus to accommodation
pre-start buffet evening and sign-on with distinguished guests
finally buffet evening and presentation with special guests
electronically timed certificate of completion
completion T-shirt for the 2007 event
Who else participates in the Tour?
The event is open to all riders ranging from fit and healthy “novices to ex pros”. Riders will come from all over Europe, which will make the event extremely sociable.
What kind of bike may I ride?
We recommend that a suitable road bike or tandem is used for this event. Mountain bikes are not suitable for this event.
Note that no bicycle or tandem is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars. All bikes must be in good mechanical condition at the start of this event. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final.
What do I wear?
Hard shell helmets complying with international safety standards are compulsory for the duration of the ride. Cycling shoes, shorts and jerseys are also recommended for your safety and convenience.
It is recommended that you take sufficient cycling clothing including wet gear and a plastic bag for the dirty clothes! Post riding, (and evening wear) dress is smart casual.
How much should I raise for the charity?
As must as possible as one of the main purposes of this event is to raise money for our charities. A minimum amount is set to cover the registration and the associated costs, most riders should exceed the required registration amounts!
Who can enter?
Anyone 18 years or older on the 10th of May 2007 and in good medical and physical condition may enter.
How fit do I need to be?
You will need to be fit and healthy and we would suggest a period of training prior to the event. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we strongly recommend that you refer to our training partner www.davelloydcoaching.com for specific coaching advice on the Tour.
What are the average speeds?
The anticipated speeds to range from 15mph to 18mph.
How much climbing is there?
All four stages will have an amount of climbing; stages one and two will have steep gradients with stages three and four providing the true climbs.
What are the start times and time limits of the stages?
Stage 1 will start at 9.45am with sign-on the previous evening (on Thursday 10th of May at the Lagan Valley Island Centre at 7.30pm); stages 2, 3, & 4 will start at 8.00am.
All four stage times will close at 7.00pm each day and for riders finishing after 7.00pm their time will have an additional 15minutes added to the closing time.
If you are travelling from mainland Europe you will require a valid passport. (Not required by UK and Ireland residents) We strongly advise that you have personal travel insurance.
Detailed maps of the route are available on www.tourofireland.eu and www.irishcycling.com and will also be included in the starters pack so that riders can familiarise themselves with the route well in advance of the event. The route is open to traffic, and you are warned to keep to the left of the road, not to cross the centre line at any time and to obey traffic regulations, traffic officers and authorised marshals. Anyone who fails to follow these instructions will be removed from the event by the local authorities.
Process of Registration:
Please complete the registration form and return it to the organisers together with the registration sponsorship or donation before the 14th of April 2007 and this will confirm your place on the Tour.
As a participant of the event you are welcome to attend the advance sign-on and pre-start reception which will be hosted by Lisburn Council and distinguished guests, which is scheduled at the Lagan Valley Island Centre in Lisburn for 7.30pm on the Thursday evening prior to the event starting on Friday 11th of May 2007
You will be able to sign-on, collect your electronic tag, while avoiding the Friday morning panic and have a relaxing glass of champagne in enjoyable company.
Kit Bag Service:
Riders are limited to one kit bag and they must ensure that their bag is labelled with their names and addresses using the coordinated bag tag provided in the starters pack. Every care will be taken to ensure that the bag is safeguarded. However, riders are advised not to leave expensive, valuable items in their bag, as the organisers cannot take responsibility for any losses.
A kit bag transfer service is included and will be available at the start and finish of each stage.
When will I get my completion certificate?
You will receive your electronically timed completion certificate at the end of stage 4 in Dublin. Your timed completion certificate together with an event T-shirt signed by the CEO’s of our charities and also by an Irish cycling legend will be individually presented at a finally Dinner at the Westmanstown Leisure Complex.
Is there stage feeding stations?
There will be three feeding stations per stage which will provide fruits, cakes, bars, tea or coffee, water and energy drinks.
Will there be assistance for riders who can’t finish a stage?
Yes the “Broom Wagon” will assist participants that need a ride to the stage finish, for riders wishing to start the subsequent stage a 30minute penalty will be added to their overall time.
Will there be assistance for riders who can’t finish the event?
Yes the “Broom Wagon” will assist participants who wish not to continue with the event to the stage finish and full assistance will then be given to the participant to organize suitable transport for the return home. Such transport will be at the participant own expense.
Will there be mechanical assistance for riders on the event?
Yes the event will have a full rolling service back-up to assist the participants with any mechanical problem beyond the riders’ capability to sort. Replacement bikes will also be available to participants should repairs be required, all repairs and the associated costs should be agreed at the stage finish directly between the rider and the service company.
Will there be medical assistance for riders on the event?
Yes the event will have a travelling doctor who will have full life support facilities and be support by an accompanying ambulance service.
Checklist of what is useful to pack
GSM Cell Phone
Cash - Euros and Sterling for the N.Ireland
Credit or Debit Card
Sufficient cycling clothing for 4 days including wet gear.
Casual Clothing for the evenings and post riding
HRM and strap
Spare tubes, Tyre Levers, Multi-tool and a Portable Pump
Spare drinks bottle
Favourite Energy Drinks, Bars and Gels etc.
Please see our frequently asked questions: http://www.tourofireland.eu/faq.pdf
Joe & Marc Barr
Tour of Ireland Organisers