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.

We all look forward to a wonderful day of sightseeing and safe cycling.

Enter the Tour de Bens

Online entries have now closed for the 2018 Tour de Bens.

You can still register on the morning of the event at Clifden Station House Hotel from 8am.

Event Details: Saturday 8th September | 125km leaves at 9.30am | 85km leaves at 10.00am

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The Routes

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 on the boil for a food stop in Tullycross village. Once the hunger pangs have been dealt with, we head through Lettergesh along the same route as the 125km route. The 85km route will have a refreshment stop at Ballynahinch. There is a treat for the 85km group too. We will be taking a right turn 3km after Ballynahinch and heading for Clifden using the Bog Road route. This is a spectacular route and offers one of the best views in Connemara of the iconic Twelve Bens mountain range.

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Where to Stay, Eat & Drink

Where to Stay

Love Connemara Holiday Cottages
Phone: +353 (0)95 30620 | e-mail: info@loveconnemaracottages.com

Clifden Station House Hotel
Phone: +353 (0)95 21699 | e-mail: info@clifdenstationhouse.com

Where to Eat & Drink

Off the Square Restaurant – Main Street, Clifden.
Phone: +353 (0)95 22281 | e-mail: info@offthesquare.ie

Mannions Bar – Market Street, Clifden.
Phone: +353 (0)95 21780 | e-mail: mannionsbarclifden@gmail.com

Our Sponsors

The Twelve Bens Cycling Club would like to thank all of our sponsor’s and ask you to support them where possible.
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • GMIT Letterfrack
  • Clifden Station House Hotel
  • Mannions Bar
  • Marrey Bikes
  • Love Connemara
  • Off The Square Restaurant
  • Ballynahinch Castle
  • Connemara Fisheries
  • Kass Health & Fitness
  • Gannon Sports