Five-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault and rugby legend Keith Wood are among the international sports stars lining up for the 2013 Skoda Tour de Conamara (www.tourdeconamara.com).
The cycling sportive event on Saturday, May 25, is part of a weekend of cycling activity that will also include Ireland’s first sportive team time trial in Carna in aid of Cancer Care West.
Speaking at the launch of the event Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing, ŠKODA Ireland said “To be able to get behind a local event such as this was an easy decision to make and we wish all the participants well.”
“The event has already attracted considerable international interest with registrations already received from cyclists in the UK, France and the USA,” according to event organiser Padraic Quinn, “We are hoping to build on the success of last year’s cycle and have made a number of changes to provide a weekend of activity for visitors to the area. The Saturday cycle in Clifden offers 140km and 80km routes. The option to take part in the Sunday team trial event in Carna is something that is already attracting a lot of attention from cycling clubs and corporate teams”.
The weekend is rounded off with a Family Funathlon in Carna that will include cycling, walking and family entertainment. The Newstalk Team Time Trial event and Family Funathlon are fundraiser events for Cancer Care West.
Speaking about the return of Bernard Hinault to Connemara, Padraic Quinn noted “Bernard was very taken with the event atmosphere, scenery and the reaction of Irish cyclists to him. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tour de France so it is a real honour to have one of the sports true legends join us in Connemara for the event.”
The event is sponsored by ŠKODA, Newstalk, PowerBar, AliMaySports.ie, Velotec, Galway Water, TG4 and W2 Consulting. Participants who register for the 140km or 80km Sportive by April 14, are guaranteed a special edition cycling gilet and PowerBar pack.
Event information and registration is available on www.tourdeconamara.com. For further information on ŠKODA go to www.skoda.ie or the ŠKODA Ireland facebook pagewww.facebook.com/SkodaIreland.