Morning Break: Blessington Square, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Lunch: The Brockagh Centre, Laragh, Co Wicklow
Afternoon Break: St Aidan’s Day Care Centre, Gorey, Co Wexford
Finish: Wexford (Overnight Talbot Hotel)
The opening day of Tour de Leinster 2017 will see the participants depart Dublin City before a short stop in Blessington. From there the route crosses into County Wicklow through Valleymount before crossing the Wicklow Gap into Laragh. Rolling countryside then affords the cyclists some rest as they pass through the ‘Garden County’ of Ireland and then onward to Wexford for the first overnight.
Morning Break: St Patrick’s Special School, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford – 10am
Lunch: Mt Leinster Rangers GAA Club, Borris, Co Carlow – 11:30am
Afternoon Break: Discovery Park, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny- 4pm
Finish: Carlow (Overnight Seven Oaks Hotel) – 5:15pm
The second day is where the real ‘fun’ begins as the participants depart Wexford before taking on the legend that is Mount Leinster. This famous ascent has featured in many epic races over the years so our team will truly be following in the tyre tracks of history.
Morning Break: Portlaoise Parish Centre, Co Laois – 10:30am
Lunch: Tullamore Rugby Club, Tullamore, Co Offaly – 1:30pm
Afternoon Break: Ballymore, Co Westmeath – 4pm
Finish: Mullingar (Overnight Bloomfield House Hotel) – 5:30pm
After a relatively easy opening stage to Portlaoise, the event turns northwards into the beautiful Slieve Bloom Mountains where the climbers get to stretch their legs once more, before descending to Tullamore. Heading northwards once again, the route will bring the pelotons on to Mullingar for the last overnight stop.
Morning Break: Trim Castle Hotel, Trim Co Meath – 11am
Lunch: Drogheda Town FC, Drogheda, Co Louth – 1:15pm
Afternoon Break: Church Hall, Malahide – 4:15pm
Finish: Howth Summit, Howth, Co Dublin arriving at approximately 5:30pm
The opening part of day four will allow the participants an opportunity to shake off the lactic acid that has been built up over the previous three days before they take on the Hill of Tara. The area is steeped in mythology and historical significance having once been the seat of the High Kings of Ireland, however we doubt there will be many ‘in the seat’ on this particular day! Retracing the steps of Queen Maeve and her army, the route goes on to Drogheda before turning south along the coastline overlooking the Irish Sea. Stunningly scenic, the coastal stretch should afford everyone the chance to regain their strength (and hopefully top up their tans) before arriving in Dublin where the last hill awaits in Howth. Not the longest climb in the world but one that will be a tough test after four days in the saddle and of course we will be bringing you the toughest way up it!
Please note: The above times of when the cyclists arrive and leave locations may be subject to change.
- For more information see: Tour de Leinster Schedule 2017.