Pictured at the 2017 Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford Sponsors Launch were L to R: Teresa Collins, Dungarvan Credit Union; John Flahavan, Flahavans; John Treacy, CEO Sport Ireland; Dan Shanahan; Pat Nugent, Mayor of Waterford City & County Council; Pierce Flynn, Flynn Hotels and Derek Downes, Eurospar Abbeyside.
Sean Kelly Tour fever has descended on Waterford in recent weeks and one cannot help but notice the multitudes of cyclists out on the roads preparing themselves for the challenge ahead! On Friday 4th August organisers of the Tour and loyal sponsors got together to officially launch what promises to be another wonderful event on August 19th & 20th. We were delighted to be joined by Sport Ireland, CEO and Waterford Sporting legend John Treacy and as the County holds its breath ahead of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final it was fantastic that Dan Shanahan could spare some time in his hectic schedule to join us for the launch.
The Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford is organised by Waterford City & County Council, Waterford Sports Partnership and local cycling clubs. The event has also been supported and guided over the last eleven years by the man himself, Sean Kelly, and the success of the event year on year relies on the unwavering support of our loyal sponsors and the 500+ volunteers that never fail to give their time on the weekend of the event and in the planning in the weeks leading up to it – without their support the event just would not happen.
Speaking at the launch, Mayor of Waterford City and Council, Pat Nugent, said “the Sean Kelly Tour has been a great contributor to Waterford for over a decade on a social, recreational and tourism level. It is a very important element of the overall Waterford tourism brand proposition and the Council is delighted to be part of it”
It is with the continued support of the event’s key sponsors that we have been able to develop the event from humble beginnings in 2007 to the prestigious event it is today – ‘Voted Cycling Ireland’s Best Leisure Event in 2016’. The event is part of the Sport Ireland Series of five leisure cycles around the country, the series is supported and promoted at national level by Sport Ireland and Cycling Ireland. The Tour is also supported by a host of other sponsors many of whom have been involved with the tour since the beginning, these include Flahavans, Eurospar and Dungarvan Credit Union. For 2017 these have also been joined by Flynn Hotels who we are delighted to welcome to the fold! The cliché ‘we could not have done it without you’ truly applies to all of these companies.
John Treacy Chief Executive Sport Ireland said “I am delighted to attend the launch of the Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford. This event is for everybody, all ages and all fitness levels, and is all about encouraging people to get active through cycling and developing habits of regular exercise, which will ultimately lead to enhanced quality of life. I would encourage everyone, no matter what your ability of cycling to take part; it is a great day out for family and friends.”
Yes, there is still time to enter the 50k Kelly Cruise, 100k Kelly Heritage Route or the 160k Kelly Comeragh Challenge – you can enter online @ www.theseankellytour.com. Entry closes at 12 noon on Friday, August 18.
12k Kelly Spin – On Saturday 19th August the up and coming cyclists of the future will get their chance to get out and active on their bike in the company of 1500 others on a partially traffic free route around Dungarvan, Abbeyside, Clonea Road, Ballinacourty and finishing along the Waterford Greenway in the 12k Kelly Spin. Open to all cyclists of eight years and over, entry is just €2 and you may register on the day of the event in Walton Park from 10am. Come early to enjoy the entertainment and soak up the atmosphere around Walton Park and The Causeway, Abbeyside! The cycle starts at 11.30am.
We would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for this year’s event on Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th August. From stewarding to helping man our registration desks or food and water stops – we’ve lots of jobs in Dungarvan and right across the county in Bunmahon, Kilmacthomas, Kill, Portlaw, Clonea Power, Rathgormack, Clonmel, Ballymacarbry, Lismore, Tallow, Knockanore, Kinsalebeg, Ardmore and An Rinn. Perhaps you have a few hours to spare, please email: [email protected] for more info or call 0761 10 2104 or find us on Facebook.