International riders to take part in 150km Croí fundraiser

Members of Galway Cycling Clubs John and Darach Behan, David Caffrey, Michael Gannon, Liz Hastings, Aidan Reade, Alistair McKinstry, Joe Tummon, Michael Gallagher, Ronan and Nigel Forde, Padraic Benson, Kevin Owens and Croí Fundraising Manager, Barry McCann attending the launch of this year’s Étape Connemara, which takes place on Sunday August 16th in aid of the Heart and Stroke charity, Croí. The 150km chip timed cycling sportive through Connemara is now in its third year and if you are up for the challenge registration is open at www.croi.ie .  Photo: Paul Fennell
Members of Galway Cycling Clubs John and Darach Behan, David Caffrey, Michael Gannon, Liz Hastings, Aidan Reade, Alistair McKinstry, Joe Tummon, Michael Gallagher, Ronan and Nigel Forde, Padraic Benson, Kevin Owens and Croí Fundraising Manager, Barry McCann attending the launch of this year’s Étape Connemara, which takes place on Sunday August 16th in aid of the Heart and Stroke charity, Croí.

Sunday August 16 will see the return of the third annual Étape Connemara. This popular chip timed cycle sportive attracts both national and international riders. Entrants can tackle a choice of 100km or 150km courses, which are open to both club and leisure riders.

The event is all in aid of Croí, the Galway-based heart and stroke charity. In the past two years the Étape has helped to generate much needed funds for the charity and already there is huge interest in this year’s event.

Participants compete against the clock to complete the challenging 100km and 150km routes through Connemara, where their finishing time becomes the target to beat the following year.

For individuals, this is a great opportunity to challenge yourself against some of the best club cyclists in the country. For clubs, Étape encourages members to work together and push themselves without the pressure of an official race, but still getting an official time.

Departing from Croí House in Newcastle, the cyclists will take in Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, the Maam valley, Clonbur, Finny and Lough Na Fooey before heading back to Galway for a well earned barbecue at Croí House.

Croí hope this year will be the biggest Étape to date, with 400 experienced cyclists expected to take part.

Any individual or club wishing to take up the challenge and help support Croí should contact Croí Fundraising Manager, Barry McCann on (091) 544331 or email barry@croi.ie.

The general entry fee is €40, or €60 with a limited edition cycle jersey. Special rates are available for clubs entering teams. For more information about the event, visit www.etapeconnemara.ie