*Photograph: Brian Arthur

CLOSE TO 2,500 cyclists partook in the annual ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle leisure cycle on Saturday.

The Ring of Clare Cycle is the biggest mass participation event in the county and the biggest cycling event in the Mid-West.

Cyclists from across Ireland and fourteen different countries took part in the cycle which is estimated to generate over €1m in economic impact for the county and is one of a few larger cycling events that have managed to keep their numbers at pre pandemic attendance levels.

The ŠKODA Ring of Clare Cycle is part of the international ŠKODA Celtic Cycling Series, starting and finishing in Clarecastle GAA grounds. Cyclists had the option of 160km and 120km routes that brings the event along the Wild Atlantic Way, Loop Head Peninsula and back along the Shannon Estuary Way.

Professional cyclist, Imogen Cotter from Ruan was among the over 2,000 people involved in this year’s event.

The SKODA cycle event again put the spotlight on HPV Vaccine awareness with the event carrying the HPV Vaccine Awareness logo on the official event merchandise.

Dedicated camper van parking was delivered on site at the grounds of Clarecastle GAA with over 100 camper vans hosted across the weekend.

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