About this event
This year the Tour of the Glens takes place on Sunday, May 19th 2019
The Tour Of The Glens is one of the toughest events on the Cycling Ireland calendar and incorporates many tough climbs through the scenic Antrim Glens. For the second time, there are three distances on offer; 200km (starting from Loughside Recreation Centre, Shore Road, Belfast), 150km (starting from Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club, Cushendall) and 100km (starting from Cushendall Sailing and Boating Club, Cushendall). All are challenging, but extremely rewarding. If you're aiming for the Wicklow 200 just a few weeks after, or another big ride, this is the perfect opportunity to test your fitness ahead of the big day!
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Map and GPX file for 200km route
Map and GPX file for 150km route
Map and GPX file for 100km route
200km route: Earlybird online entry fee is £25; this increases to £30 after March 1st, with on-the day entries at £35 dependant on allocated entries not being filled. Start and finish is at the Loughside Recreation Centre on the Shore Road, from 07.00-07.45 on the morning of the event. Roll out at 8am sharp.
The 200km route remains unchanged from the last two years, with the "popular" addition of the Dickeystown Road before Glenarm. This is a short but very steep climb, at odds with the longer drags later in the day.
There will be coffee and scones at Loughside after sign on in the morning. Water and food stops will be available at Glenarm and at the Big Collin, just before Ballyclare on the homeward leg.
The main food stop once again will be at Cushendall Sailing Club after completion of "the Glendunn loop" (approx 88miles) when tea/coffee along with sandwiches, cakes and biscuits will be served. There will also be tea/coffee and sandwiches at the finish where you won't have to worry about not eating too much !!!!
150km route: Earlybird online entry fee is £20, increasing to £25 after March 1st. On-the-day entries at £30.
Introduced for the first time last year, this route offers a lot of challenges without having to commit to the 200km. This starts and finishes in Cushendall Sailing Club and proceeds down the coast to Larne, before turning up the dreaded Glenburn road out of Glynn! Short but very steep, it'll bring you up to Carncastle so you too can tackle the Dickeystown Road. Not to worry - you might have a couple of steep climbs early in the day, but you don't have to worry about dragging yourself over Collin at the end of the day like the 200km guys! Sign on from 07.00 - 07.45, with roll out at 8am sharp.
100km route: Earlybird online entry fee is £15, increasing to £20 after March 1st. On-the-day entries at £25.
This starts and finishes in Cushendall Sailing Club and proceeds down the coast to Glenarm to join the full event and start the Munie Road climb towards Ballymena. Sign on from 08.00-08.45 roll out 9am sharp.
All finishers will receive some coveted Tour of the Glens memorabilia
This year McConvey Cycles have very generously offered their support for this event. They will also be providing 6 £25 gift vouchers for our very popular "King and Queen of the Glens" competition, now in its third edition. Simply join our Strava group (and ride the route!) to be in with a chance of winning...
Tour of the Glens 2019 Strava Group
Full first aid support provided by The Order of Malta.
Proof of membership of Cycling Ireland is required on the day and for non-CI members a temporary 1 day event licence can be purchased for £5.
No refunds will be available for this event.