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Tour de Kilkenny

Saturday 2nd August 2014



Marble City Cyclers are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the sixth Tour de Kilkenny on the Saturday of the August Bank Holiday weekend, 2nd August 2014. In the last five years, Tour de Kilkenny has raised over €60,000 for   charity and we hope that with your help, we can raise even more much-needed funds.

As Tour de Kilkenny is now running a 40km, 70km, 110km and 160km route, there is a route to cater for cyclist of all abilities meaning this is a great day out for the family, a group of friends or work colleagues.  Or why not make a weekend out of it and enjoy the famous nightlife and hospitalities that Kilkenny city has to offer.

All four routes will be leaving the Kilkenny Rugby Club, with the 160km & 110km participants leaving together at 9am and the 70km & 40km participants leaving together at 11am.  Sign-on (which is obligatory, even for those who registered online) is opened at the Kilkenny Rugby Club from 7pm to 9pm on the night before the cycle (Friday evening, 1st August 2014) and on the morning of the cycle – from 7.30 am to 8.40am for 160km & 110km participants and until 10.45am for 70km & 40km participants.

Tour de Kilkenny is also on just 4 weeks before the (slightly!) more famous Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford, making it ideal preparation for those of you thinking of doing that.


How to Enter

Online registration is now closed. You can register before the event Friday evening (7-9pm) or Saturday morning (7.30 - 8.40am & until 10.45am for 70km / 40km routes). All registrations take place in the Kilkenny Rugby Club on the Waterford Road in Kilkenny City.

For the 160km and 110km route, our online registration fee is €30 and includes CI licence levy and transaction charges. For the 70km and 40km route, we reduced our online registration fee to €20.  Goody bags will also be guaranteed for those who register online!

On-the-day registration is also available, €35 for 160km & 110km route and €25 for 70km & 40km route. Only a limited number, if any, of goody bags will be available to those registering on the day.

While there is no Cycling Ireland one-day licence surcharge, we would ask those with a CI licence to bring them so our cost can be kept down and we can raise even more money for our charities.

All children under 16 are free to do the 40km / 70km routes when registered with an adult. 


Cycling Ireland Rules and Guidelines

Tour de Kilkenny is being promoted by Marble City Cyclers under the auspices of Cycling Ireland and all entrants must adhere to the following guidelines from their Safety Code :

  •  Have a bicycle that is in good working order
  •  Wear a hard shell cycling helmet
  •  Be mindful of the need to act in a manner that takes account of their own safety and the safety of others
  •  For safety reasons, no ‘tri-bars’ allowed at this event
  •  Ensure their fitness level is appropriate to the route chosen
  •  Ensure their nutritional requirements can be met
  • “Sign –on” for the event (regardless if registering online or ‘on-the-day’)
  • Be aware that marshals are not empowered to stop traffic

Last Minute Bike Maintenance

The folks at the Bikestore in Kilkenny will be staying open late on the Friday night before the Tour de Kilkenny in case anyone needs any last minute repairs or needs any supplies. They will also be on hand at the rugby club on Saturday morning to help out if they can and will have a van out on the road on the day and will try and help anyone who is unlucky enough to have any mechanical issues.


The Routes

40km route: Starting and finishing at Kilkenny Rugby Club the route will take cyclists through Bennetsbridge, Dungarvan, Thomastown, Bennetsbridge (again!) and then across to Danesfort and head back for the finish. There is a waterstop in Thomastown.

Click Here to See a Map of this route - 40km Route


70km route: This is an additional route that has been added for 2011 and has been designed to fill the void that we had in the last 2 years between the 40km route and a particularly challenging 110km route. This new 70km route will take cyclists through Bennetsbridge, Gowran, Goresbridge, Graiguenemanagh, Thomastown, Bennetsbridge (again), across to Danesfort and head back for the finish. There is a waterstop in Thomastown.

Click Here to See a Map of this route - 70km Route

110km route: This is a challenging route and is ideal for someone looking to progress to the challenges of the Seán Kelly’s 160km cycle.  Participants will be able to enjoy a water-stop in Thomastown and a sit down food-stop in Listerlin and will be challenged by the climbs in Graiguenamanagh, Woodstock and the final hill at Bennettsbridge.  This route is suitable for participants with some cycling experience and looking for a serious challenge.

Click Here to See a Map of this route – 110km Route

160km route: For almost the first half of this route, participants will be cycling the same route as the 100km route.  At the food stop in Listerlin, cyclists will continue further south where they will be cycling a challenging yet enjoyable terrain.  Another water-stop will also be provided in Kilmoganny for the 160km cyclists, which will help the cyclists to keep their much needed energy to get them over the sting in the tail that is Kilmanagh Hill and bring them back to base.  This route is suitable for experience and able cyclists.

Click Here to See a Map of this route – 160km Route


The following is a list of hotels for your August Bank Holiday weekend in Kilkenny (link provided to each hotel at their heading).

Hotel Kilkenny: Reasonably near the Kilkenny Rugby Club (approx 2 miles), walking distance into Kilkenny centre and leisure facilities and leisure facilities available.  This would be our first suggestion!

Ormonde Hotel: Reasonably near the Kilkenny Rugby Club (approx 2 miles), in Kilkenny centre and leisure facilities available to its patrons.

Springhill Hotel:  Nearest hotel to Kilkenny Rugby Club, approx 1½ walk into city centre and leisure facilities available to its patrons.

Langtons Hotel:  Probably the most famous establishment in the Marble City, approx 3 miles from Kilkenny Rugby Club and normally includes free entrant to their nightclub!

Rivercourt Hotel:  Probably has the best beer garden in Kilkenny, it’s approx 3 miles from Kilkenny Rugby Club and has leisure facilities available to its patrons.

Aspect Hotel: On the ring road, near Kilkenny Rugby Club.

All of the following B&Bs are reasonably located to both Kilkenny Rugby Club and Kilkenny city centre, perfect for your August Bank Holiday weekend in Klikenny.

  • Olinda House, Castle Road, Kilkenny                 Tel 056 7762964
  • Laragh House, Waterford Road, Kilkenny
  • Fanad House, Castle Road, Kilkenny                  Tel 056 7764126
  • Beaupre, Waterford Road, Kilkenny                  Tel 056 7721417

Apartment For Rent

  • 1 mile from Kilkenny on the N76 (Clonmel Road) available for Bank Holiday Weekend.
    Double Bed & Sofa Bed, Extra Matresses available if required.
    Kitchen, Living Room Shower.  Lock Up for Bikes also available.
    Contact Ann Smart 087 9090064


Getting there….

Getting to Kilkenny is easier than before, with new motorways recently opened to Kilkenny from Dublin, Waterford and Cork.  Once in Kilkenny, look for the Waterford Rd roundabout on Kilkenny’s ring road.  Approximately one mile from exiting the Waterford Road roundabout (towards Waterford), you will see the Kilkenny Rugby Club on your right hand side.

You can view the location of the starting point for all four routes, Kilkenny Rugby Club, on Google maps by clicking here.

Other information

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