The Twelve Bens Cycling Club is situated in Connemara in County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. The club was set up to bring together cyclists of all levels within the region. The club was established in early 2017, with membership predominantly made up of leisure cyclists looking to improve fitness and wellbeing. We now have a few club racers, taking part in the Western Lakes club leagues.Each September, the Twelve Bens Cycling Club hosts the Tour de Bens, which showcases the beauty of Connemara’s alternative cycling routes.
The Latest Posts From Twelve Bens CC
Cycling fundraiser for the RNLI
A one day cycling fundraiser for the RNLI is set to take place on Sunday 16 September when four cycling friends will cycle 310km from Dublin to Clifden in Co. Galway while wearing life-jackets for the entire trip. The 300km spin will be undertaken by four members of the Twelve Bens Cycling Club/Western lakes Cycling Club, while wearing a fit for purpose life-jacket and will be completed in approx. 14 hours. The purpose is to raise some much needed funds for the RNLI, to help them continue their lifesaving work around our coast and inland waterways, and raising awareness that life-jackets are now designed to be worn anytime. Visit the events Facebook Page to keep up to date with how it is all going.
Welcome to the Tour de Bens
It is with great pleasure that we welcome everyone, competitors, our sponsors: Mannion Bike Hire, Conn O’Mara, Roundstone House Hotel, Connemara Pony Breeders’ Society, The Candle Store, Connemara Spinning, Clifden Service Station – Topaz, Faherty Wholesale, Kylemore Service Station, Kavanaghs Supervalu Clifden & Marrey Bikes. The Twelve Bens Club was only set up in March 2017 and has been a huge success. But a club like ours and the events we run would not be as successful without a number of people giving up their free time. These people provide support cars, lead cars, neutral service cars, time keepers, officials & marshals – without this team of people the races would not be held. We would like to thank An Garda Siochana & Civil Defence for their assistance along the entire route of the event, for their help with traffic management & first aid respectively. We welcome spectators to view the event and there are many places along the route that the cyclists can be viewed from, we just ask that spectators be aware of their own safety. Of course, there would be no event without the participants. We would like to thank you all for entering our inaugural sportive […]
Tour De Bens Finishers Mugs
Have you booked your place on the Tour De Bens to receive one of our specially commissioned mugs? Saturday 8th September, Clifden, Co Galway. 125km and 85km routes. Online booking will close Tuesday 4th September 2018 at 10.00pm but you can still book on the morning at the Clifden Station House Hotel theater from 08:00am. Limited places remaining .. Hope to see you there
Tour De Bens 2018 Finishers Medals
The Twelve Bens Cycling Club are once again delighted to be partnering with GMIT Letterfrack for the 2018 Tour De Bens Sportif. GMIT Letterfrack have designed and produced the 2018 finishers medals and all in the club are very appreciative to all involved. Great job guys! Dermot O’Donovan, Head of Centre at GMIT Letterfrack explains the design: “GMIT Letterfrack are delighted to once again partner with the Twelve Bens Cycling Club for the Tour de Bens sportif. This year we have designed and created a unique finishers medal that espouses the values of creativity, innovation and sustainability. Every aspect of the design and manufacture of these medals has been carefully considered to limit the impact on the environment, enhance its functionality and maximise its aesthetics! Made using Irish-grown sycamore sourced from the grounds of Westport House, the timber was converted and seasoned at GMIT Letterfrack’s new Irish timber research facility. The medals were designed for manufacture on a CNC and laser machine and hand-finished with an eco-finish called Osmo Oil. We wanted to create a finishers medal that not just looked great but that would have an end-of life function too. Tour de Bens finisher medals are designed in such a way that once […]
Dublin to Clifden Cycle for RNLI
On sept 16th four members of the Twelve Bens Cycling Club / Western Lakes CC, will cycle 300 km coast to coast, from Dublin to Clifden. The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the RNLI, to help them continue their lifesaving work along our coast and on our inland waterways . The members taking part are, John James Flaherty, Danny king, Ciaran Hickey and Rob king . We hope you will support our effort .
Routes – Tour De Bens 2018
The 125km route starts with the breath-taking Sky Road and then turns left along Streamstown Bay, Omey Island at Claddaghduff and into the fishing village of Cleggan. We have a nice little climb out of Cleggan before re-joining the n59 towards Letterfrack. Once we turn left in Letterfrack, the kettle will be boiling for a well-earned food stop in Tullycross village. Once refreshed, off we go through the picturesque Lettergesh area and along by the shores of Lough Fee where we again re-join the n59. We turn right in the direction of Kylemore and down the iconic Inagh valley. Many a hardy soul longed for the end of that valley! At the end of the Inagh valley we join the N59 and continue in the direction of Clifden. Now we have a treat in store! We take a left turn and head down through the townland of Ballynahinch and its magnificent estate on towards the picturesque harbour village of Roundstone. Here we will have some refreshments laid out before the final push for Clifden. The 85km route will also start with the Sky Road loop but then will continue on the N59 onto Letterfrack. Again, the kettle will be […]
Tour de Bens 2018
The 2018 Tour de Bens takes place in Connemara on Saturday, September 8th.The event, in its second year, has a choice of two routes – 125km and 85km. Both routes start and finish in Clifden. The routes will showcase the beauty of Connemara while always keeping the Twelve Bens mountains in sight.
Advice and tips on how to stay safe while cycling on Irish roads. Never cycle in the dark without adequate lighting – white for front, red for rear Always wear luminous clothing such as hi-vis vests, fluorscent armbands and reflective belts so that other road users can see you Wear a helmet Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn Follow the rules of the road, never run traffic lights or weave unpredictably in and out of traffic Maintain your bike properly – in particular, your brakes should work properly and your tyres should be inflated to the right pressure and be in good condition Respect other road users – don’t get into shouting matches with motorists; stop at pedestrian crossings; don’t cycle on the footpath Watch your speed, especially when cycling on busy streets and going downhill Steer well clear of left-turning trucks: let them turn before you move ahead See this and more at – RSA website
The Twelve Bens Cycling Club will be holding it’s club membership and Cycling Ireland licence renewal night in the Clifden Station House Hotel on Wednesday the 17th of January from 7-9 pm for anyone who’s membership is up for renewal and may need some help in processing it. This is also an opportunity for anyone who may be interested in joining the club for the first time to come along and chat to club members. Everyone is welcome so hope to see as many there as possible.
Twelve Bens Cycling Club is Launched
The official launch of the Twelve Bens Cycling Club took place on 31st March 2017 in Clifden Station House Theatre. Thank you sincerely to all our members, friends and sponsors for coming out for the official launch of our club. Thanks also to the Western Lakes members for travelling across the border to be with us! Membership is open to all so do get in touch if you are interested …
What Our Members Say
I was getting older and rounder and was looking for an exercise discipline that wouldn’t strain the joints too much. I had heard about the couch to 80k cycle programme, with the aim of participating in the Tour de Conamara. I decided to give it a go and enjoyed it so much that I kept it up. I joined the Twelve Bens Cycling Club when it launched. Really enjoying the camaraderie and company on club spins.
I started cycling in 1995 having stopped playing GAA and soccer due to lots of hamstring problems. Cycling didn’t bother the hamstrings. I had raced in open competition for sixteen years all over the country. Got my coaching papers a few years back so when we started the Twelve Bens CC I decided it was time to pack in the open racing and start to put something back into the sport.
I started cycling in 2016. I love cycling and I enjoy the sense of freedom when cycling. I love the sense of achievement after doing a sportif. Most of all, I love the friends I have made.
I started cycling in April 2017 after being talked into it by my brother who was very involved in the setting up of the club. I enjoy it and it’s good for me to have my “me” time. After two 20k cycles he decided I was ready for the Tour de Conamara. After completing that event I decided I would stick at it. I enjoy taking part in sportives and like to push myself a little bit more each time.