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Tour de France Event Comes to Ireland

L’Etape Ireland Gives Cyclists the Chance to Take on A Tour De France Challenge


  • L’Etape by Tour De France comes to Ireland for the first time
  • Open to cyclists of all ability, the Tour de France sanctioned race will take place on the iconic hills of Killarney, Co. Kerry on September 7th, 2024
  • With two routes to ride on the day, (135km and 100km) all levels of cyclists are invited to register their interest at https://ireland.letapebytourdefrance.com for access to early registration

The Tour de France will bring it’s iconic L’Etape event to Ireland this September giving up to 3,000 cyclists the chance to sample the unique thrills and challenge of a Tour de France stage in Ireland for the first time.

Designed and vetted by the team behind the Tour de France, two routes, starting in Killarney, Co Kerry, will take in some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery and epic climbs where cyclists can experience the Tour De France on their own terms.

L’Etape Ireland is the 32nd race to be added to the global calendar and takes place on September 7th, 2024. The event was announced today with race ambassadors and Irish cyclists Imogen Cotter and Dan Martin.

Riders can choose from two routes with different elevation and distance profiles; a 100km route or a more challenging 135km route. Inspired by the Tour De France, both routes will have three timed Mountain stages taking in iconic climbs across Molls Gap, Ballaghbearna Pass and Caragh Lake to compete for the title of King and Queen on the mountain and a coveted Polka Dot jersey. There will also be a Sprint section where participants can battle it out for a Tour De France Green jersey.

Beyond the race, participants can look forward to exhibitors, shows, a pop-up Tour de France Museum, athlete meet and greets and more on the day.

Both routes will be on closed or partially closed roads and the race and its participants will be monitored by safety officials throughout.

Those seeking to experience the thrill of a Tour de France race are encouraged to register for early access to sign-ups at https://ireland.letapebytourdefrance.com

Race director, Oliver Kirwan – Elite Events Management, commented on the inaugural L’Etape Ireland race: “To bring L’Etape to Ireland is incredibly exciting for us and anyone interested in experiencing the thrills of the Tour De France.

“Ireland is steeped in cycling history and has some of the best cycling anywhere in the world with Kerry being up there with the best on offer.

“L’Etape is special in that you don’t need years of training to participate and live your dream of taking on a Tour de France stage. If you enjoy cycling, a bit of a challenge, and some spectacular views, then L’Etape Ireland is a perfect goal to work towards this summer.”

Speaking on the day of the launch, CEO of Cycling Ireland, James Quilligan, commented: "We are delighted to be here at the launch of L’Etape Ireland today. The inclusion of L’Etape Ireland is another great addition to the Cycling Ireland calendar and offers a brilliant opportunity for all our members to get involved. We expect this event to be of particular interest to our Leisure riders.”

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