The annual Comeragh Tour 100km cycle sportive takes place in May, starting & finishing in picturesque village of Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford in the heart of the Nire Valley. This is a charity event and has benefited both local and not so local causes. The beneficiaries of the cycle over the past three years included Special Olympics – Munster Region, The Ballymacarbry National School, The Ballymacarbry Community Centre and Haven Partnership (Re-building Homes in Haiti following their devastating earthquake in January 2010). This is not a timed event. It is a challenge that you do at your own pace. All levels of cyclists are catered for from the fastest to the slowest and all levels in-between.
A large gathering of cyclists is expected to take part. The Comeragh Tour's route travels approximately 100km around the very scenic Comeragh Mountains. The peloton will travel to Dungarvan and onto Lemybrien. Expect all the colours of the rainbow representing club kits to professional team outfits. After Lemybrien the cyclists will have the choice to climb the iconic Mahon Falls or to continue on to Carrick on Suir. In Carrick there will be the second optional climb of Seskin Hill. Seskin Hill is a short but very sharp climb with the gradient maxing out at about 27% as you approach the golf course at the top. The two optional climbs were made famous by the likes of cycling legends Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche, Martin Early, to name but a few, on the Nisan Classic – the then Tour of Ireland.
There will be plenty of help on the day including the Civil Defence (Dungarvan Branch) who will provide medical cover, the Garda, bike marshals, road marshals, caterers, photographers, and general helpers on the day. The Ballymacarbry Community Centre will allow us use their first class facilities for the event including use of dressing rooms and showers before after the event. After a refreshing drink and snack at St Mollerans GAA it is
onwards to Clonmel and returning to Ballymacarbry.