ENNISTYMON based, Riverside Cycling Club will host the ninth Cliffs of Moher Cycle Challenge this Saturday.

Initially started to raise funds for local charities and organisations in North Clare such as Ennistymon Hospital, Home Share Clare, North Clare Youth Counselling, Ennistymon Playground and the Burren Chernobyl Project, the event has garnered a reputation as one of the premier leisure cycles in Ireland.

With spectacular views, warm hospitality and a spot of traditional music in, the cycle has proven itself to be a firm favourite of both the leisure and experienced cyclist. It is capped at 1,000 participants and is supported by an army of 140 volunteers. Routes of 40km, 80km and 125km are on offer.

Starting in Ennistymon, the 40km cycle takes in the scenic coastal towns of Lahinch and Liscannor, before climbing to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, a 190 Mtrs assent over 7km then onto Doolin and onwards to Ballinalacken Castle before joining the main road back to Ennistymon.

For the 80km, the route is the same as far as Ballinalacken Castle. This route then heads north along the coast road, with spectacular views of the Aran Islands, the Burren, and Blackhead Lighthouse. At the 50km there is a rest at Ballyvaughan GAA ground before taking on the challenge of the Corkscrew Hill. Rising 228 Mtrs, with gradient of 12% in places over a fine rolling surface, this is an epic climb, followed by a fast decent down into the matchmaking town of Lisdoonvarna, then home to Ennistymon.

A branch off at Ballyvaughan heading north towards Galway makes the 125km distinct along with the scenic Galway Bay. After a gentle spin along the coast, numerous climbs follow including Ballaghdine Hill, Corker Hill and the long drag up to the village of Carron in the heart of the Burren. Cassidy’s Pub is the resting point before a fast descent down to the Poulnabrone Dolmen before re-joining the 80km route at the bottom of the Corkscrew hill. This route is for the experienced and endurance cyclists with total climbing of 1,600mtrs.

Organisers have told The Clare Echo that whichever event is chosen, there is a medal and refreshments waiting for participants.

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