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.
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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.