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2018 Cliffs of Moher Cycle Challenge
Riverside Cycling Club Ennistymon is hosting their annual charity cycle for the 6th year running, starting and finishing in Ennistymon town.
For all those who just want a small taste of the North Clare cycling routes, the first route, takes in the world famous Cliffs of Moher, Doolin (a refreshment stop soon after Doolin at 25km) and steers home via Lisdoonvarna the home of the matchmaking festival. (Distance 40km). All routes start together and split at the refreshment stop after Doolin at 25km.
The second route takes in the scenic North Clare wild Atlantic way incorporating the world famous Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, the beautiful Fanore, black head and the renowned Corkscrew Hill outside Ballyvaughan. (a refreshment stop will be in Ballyvaughan town at The Wild Atlantic Lodge) After that it’s all downhill home to Ennistymon (almost!) (Distance 80km).
The third route takes in all of the above 80km with the addition of a little detour out of Ballyvaugan, you will follow the road towards Galway meeting a climb after 11km at Ballaghdine, a few km later you will turn right up the Corker Hill (not to be confused with the corkscrew hill!) This is short but testing climb with stunning views of the Burren & Galway bay. The next 7km is a relatively flat cycle, until you commence the 6km Climb to Carran village, with the first 3km the most difficult. Much needed Refreshments will be waiting for you outside Cassidy’s Pub. (You earned it at this stage and need it for what lies ahead!), you will then have a scenic descent, down Ballyalban Hill, past the Aillwee Caves, when you will re-join the N67 at Newtown Castle Cross. From here you begin the climb of the infamous Corkscrew Hill. The entire climb, with its numerous switch backs is just 5km. It’s not as bad as it sounds! From here you will have a nice steady and relaxing cycle to Ennistymon via Lisdoonvarna. (With a few short hills to finish!).(Distance 125km)
This area is voted the 5th best cycling route in the world by Lonely Planet https://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/75502
40km routemap: http://ie.mapometer.com/cycling/route_4256998
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