Road captains format for new three-day Irish September sportive

Posted on: August 8th, 2018

Pink Ribbon Tour sportive

Some well known road captains will keep the show on the road, leaving no man or woman behind on the Pink Ribbon Tour. It’s a new three-day event by the same people who brought us Race the Rás, above.


Pink Ribbon Tour three-day sportive in September


A new three-day Irish sportive set for September will have some well-known road captains marshalling the riders along.

The Pink Ribbon Tour is being run by the same people behind the Race the Rás event.

But the new three-day has a late season date to it and will be more relaxed. The stages will still be 140-150km.

And there’s also the option of riding only the last section of each stage; all of those details are explained in the ‘how it works’ section below.

Pink Ribbon Tour takes place from September 7th to 9th and you can find out more, including pricing, and enter by following this link.

All funds raised are in aid of Breast Cancer Research and you can follow the event on Facebook here.

The three-day sportive will suit riders of all fitness levels and abilities, with the riders choosing a group to suit them. Each group will be led by the road captains.

And three of those are well known in cycling circles; double Rás winner and Olympian Philip Cassidy and the McCormack brothers – former pros Alan and Paul.

They were top notch road men in their day. But for the Pink Ribbon Tour the emphasis will be on keeping the groups together and keeping the craic going along the way.

The event is a great opportunity for a very social weekend with a large group of cyclists. And there may even be a few shenanigans in the evenings.

Cassidy said while he had great tussles with the McCormacks in the peloton back in the day; next month’s coming together would have a different vibe.

“In recent years myself and Paul had the pleasure of riding the roads of Ireland together in a less competitive way with the charity cycle Race the Rás,” he said.

“We were raising funds for Breast Cancer Research with a great bunch of people. It was a brilliant event, on both the sporting and social side.

“The Pink Ribbon Tour will be shorter, at three days. But based on my Race the Rás experience I’d highly recommend this challenge to anyone.

“It is going to involve great cycling and wonderful company on a well organised three-day. And it’s an ideal event before the winter sets in.”


Pink Ribbon Tour sportive

Pink Ribbon Tour sportive


The former GAA player turned cyclist Paul Earley is another captain of Pink Ribbon Tour.

He said Race the Rás raised over €400,000 for cancer research; adding the new event would carry on that tradition.

“I’m hugely excited about the new Pink Ribbon Tour,” he said. “We feel it’s an event that will have wide appeal to male and female cyclists of different abilities.

“Cyclist can test themselves over one two or three stages, make new friends and have great fun along the way.

“For me, this endurance event gives me a big goal to work towards at the end of the summer with great friends that I’ve made through cycling and meeting new ones.”


How Pink Ribbon Tour works

Pink Ribbon Tour sportive


The stages are between approximately 140km-150km.

  • Stage 1: Mullingar-Tullamore-Slieve Bloom Mountains-Birr-Killaloe.
  • Stage 2: Killaloe-Ennis-Lahinch-Cliffs of Moher-Kinvara.
  • Stage 3: Kinvara-Loughrea-Ballinasloe-Athlone-Greenway Railtrail to Mullingar.

The fact the event starts and finishes in Mullingar means it’s easy access from all parts of the country.

If you’re driving with your bike and kit to the start you can simply leave your car parked in Mullingar for your return.

There will be event vehicles to bring your bags along the route so they’ll be waiting for you each evening.

The organisers have also put together an accommodation package. That means everyone will be staying in the same place and you’re spared the hassle of organising accommodation yourself.

Stage 1 is via Tullamore, Slieve Bloom Mountains, Birr with a finish in Killaloe. Stage 2 will take the riders from Killaloe through Ennis to Lahinch, Cliffs of Moher, along the west coast of Clare to finish in Kinvara.

The final stage will be from Kinvara through Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Athlone, with the final 40km on the newly opened Railtrail Greenway to Mullingar.

Experienced road captains will control, manage and guide the pace in each of the three groups on the road.

Riders will stay together with a regrouping after climbs and at other locations if required.

There will be a welcome food stop around the two thirds distance each day. Riders can choose which group they want to go in depending on their level of fitness.

Group one is for strong riders with an average pace of 30-33kph, group 2 will average 27-30 kph and the third group will have an average pace of 24-27 kph.

Participants can switch groups depending on how they are feeling on the day.

Pink Ribbon Tour also has an option enabling cyclists to only ride the last 60km from the food stop to the finish.

  • Produced in association with Pink Ribbon Tour