The inaugural Sean Kelly Classic Leisure Cycle will bring 500 cyclists through up to 115kms of South Tipperary's scenic highways and byways from Carrick-on-Suir to Cashel this Sunday, June 12.
Former World Number 1 cyclist Sean Kelly will start the event that is coinciding with the beginning of National Bike Week.
Sean Kelly said the routes chosen for the event's 50km and 115km cycles will show off South Tipperary's beautiful countryside and the routes they have chosen will not be very difficult for cyclists to tackle.
He is pleased with the public response to the event and hopes the current great weather will continue until Sunday. "I met some farmers out cycling, who are getting ready for the 50km cycle. That is great. The most important thing about this event is to get people out doing exercise."
Pierce O'Loughlin of the organising committee said cyclists from all over the country have registered to take part and the first participant to sign up is travelling all the way from Singapore. "He has a long way to cycle", he quipped.
Mr O'Loughlin said the cycle's organisers want to establish Carrick-on-Suir as the home of cycling in Ireland and aim to make this an annual event.
Slievenamon Cycling Club is hosting the event with the support and assistance of Tipperary Co. Council, Tipperary Sports Partnership and a large number of local business sponsors.
The cycle will start and finish at the new Comeragh College sports centre on the Pill Road in Carrick-on-Suir. The more challenging 115 km cycle will start at 8.30am and the route will bring participants to Faugheen, Glenbower and onto Clonmel. From Clonmel they will travel to Fethard and on to Cashel where they will take get refreshments at a food station at Scoil Aonghusa before heading back to Carrick via Golden and New Inn.
The 50km cycle will leave at 9am and cyclists will pedal to Faugheen and onto Glenbower and then proceed up to Clonmel.
There will be a food station at Ryan/Power Motors in Clonmel and after passing through there the cyclists will head back to Carrick-on-Suir.
Mr O'Loughlin said entry is still open for the cycle and you can register to take part by going online to www.seankellyclassic.com. It costs €20 to enter plus €1.50 for registration.