2,500 cyclists to take part in the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara 2016

first_imgTo ensure all participants and their bikes are in good shape in advance of the cycle, ŠKODA’s Galway dealership, Monaghan & Sons located on the Tuam Road, are hosting a pre-Tour ‘Pasta and Power Up’ event from 4pm to 8.30pm on Friday 27th May. During this time all participants can sign-in for the cycle and collect their goody bag while they will also be served with refreshments and a pre-race meal. A dedicated bike mechanic will also be on hand in the showroom for last minute find tuning free of charge and cyclists can avail of discounted ŠKODA cycling merchandise. The inaugural ‘ŠKODA Celtic Cycle Series 2016’ will kick off with the renowned Tour de Conamara in Co. Galway on Saturday 28th May as 2,500 cyclists take to the saddle for one of Ireland’s most popular cycling events. This year’s event, which sold out in record time, has attracted cyclists from around the world with participants having the option of two route distances; 80km and for those that like a challenge 140km. Both the 80km and 140km routes will travel through some of Ireland’s most scenic areas as they cycle with the backdrop of the Wild Atlantic Way. Cyclists will also be joined on the route by ŠKODA ambassador, Roz Purcell along with Paracycling tandem team, Katie Dunlevy and Eve McCrystal.Along with pre-event activity ŠKODA will also be looking after participants on the day. Bike mechanics will be available in the ŠKODA Dome at the event start in Clifden should cyclists need any last minute tweaks, there will be a team of masseuses from the Institute of Sports Massage Therapy for complimentary post event rub downs and after toy cross the finish line you will received your well-earned 2016 ŠKODA Tour de Conamara medal.This year Conamara will also host a number of events for cyclists and families as part of this cycling fest. There will be music and entertainment the night before and the night of the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara taking place in the Clifden Station Hose Hotel, EJ Kings, Lowrys and lots more venues throughout the area.Research conducted by sports tourism specialists W2 has showed that last year’s event was worth over €800,000 to the local economy based on bed nights and direct expenditure which took place around the event. This highlights the importance of such sports tourism events to regional economies.Speaking ahead of the event, Leo Monaghan of Monaghan & Sons said, “We are delighted to be involved with this year’s Tour de Conamara. It’s a world-class festival which always attracts a huge level of interest from home and abroad. We’re looking forward to welcoming cyclists to our showroom for the ‘Pasta & Power up’ event on Friday, 27th May for some pre-tour fuelling and fine tuning. All of us at Monaghan & Sons would like to wish the cyclists well on the day.”This year, a 22-strong team from Monaghan & Sons will cycle the route in memory of dealership founder, Tom Monaghan. Tom, who passed away last year suffered with Alzheimers and all proceeds raised by team will go directly to Western Alzheimers.Commenting, Mark O’Connell, event organiser said, “We are absolutely delighted with the level of interest to date, to have sold out over a month before the event is testament to the calibre of the festival. We are particularly pleased to welcome so many cyclists from overseas and hope that they enjoy the spectacular Conamara scenery.” For further information on the ŠKODA Tour de Conamara go to http://www.tourdeconamara.com/  or visit http://www.celticseries.ie/For further information on ŠKODA go to www.ŠKODA.ie or the ŠKODA Ireland Facebook page www.facebook.com/ŠKODAIreland.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img