Irish cycling legend Sean Kelly has been confirmed as a participant and ambassador for the 2011 Sky Ride Etape Hibernia. Now in its second year, Ireland’s only closed road, mass participation ride takes place in Ennis, County Clare on Sunday 21 August.
Kelly was one of the most successful road cyclists of the 1980s, with wins at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix among his achievements. Since retiring in 1994 he’s been a regular fixture as a Eurosport commentator and has recently become a brand ambassador for Vitus bikes. The Waterford native took part in the inaugural ride in 2010 and will be joined by a host of celebrities and professional cyclists.
“I’m immensely proud to be taking part in Sky Ride Etape Hibernia once again this year,” said Kelly. “Last year’s event was truly brilliant and the route was stunning. County Clare has some of the best scenery Ireland has to offer, and the fact that the event is taking place on closed roads once again is fantastic. Cycling in Ireland is on the up once again, and events like the Etape Hibernia will only enhance our reputation as a cycling nation and great hosts to visitors and tourists.”
Last year’s event saw around 2,000 riders tackle the traffic-free roads in west Ireland. The 2011 route is approximately 82 miles long, with 785 metres of elevation. Registration is still open and costs €54 (£48). For more information, visit www.etapehibernia.com.