Cycling in Tipperary

   

Ireland is one of the world's greatest countries for cycling tourism. And here in Tipperary we have a lot to offer the cyclist. Whether following designated routes throughout the county or heading off your own way through the countryside, you’re sure to see some amazing scenery interspersed with hidden gems of culture, heritage and natural attractions. Just picture a leisurely cycle through country lanes, along the River Bank or mountain biking along a rugged forest trail. Hire bikes or bring your own – whatever suits. The bike gives you a sense of freedom you just don’t get otherwise. Well known routes in the county begin in the town of Carrick-on-Suir, taking you up the infamous Seskin Hill, near where the great cyclist Sean Kelly grew up, with spectacular views of The Comeragh Mountains, enjoy breathtaking views back over the town from Seskin Hill, and also of Slievenamon.

More good news for cyclists looking for off-road cycling trails, construction on New Greenway project from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir has commenced in 2015.

The Greenway project is a walking/cycle track from Mulcahy Park in Clonmel to Carrick on Suir across an approximate 19km pathway on the northern bank of the River Suir along the historic towpath route. The Greenway project will provide a scenic, serene, safe and accessible route as an amenity for local residents and as a tourist attraction for visitors. When completed, this new “Greenway” will add to an already excellent tourism product here in South Tipperary.

Carrick-on-Suir boasts one of Ireland's most famous cycling clubs - Carrick Wheelers Cycling Club.

Founded in Carrick-on-Suir in 1954. In its early years race promotion was an important part of the club’s activities, and it promoted its first major national event on St. Patrick’s Day 1955, an event that has continued up to the present day.

A significant year in the club’s history was 1967 when the then club chairman, Tommy Sheehan, promoted a beginners league in the town, and this brought a large influx of young boys into the club who would go on to be very successful senior team, but also formed the backbone of the club’s committee in the years to come.

The club has been hugely successful at national level over the years, and no less than twenty eight club members have represented Ireland at international level.

Sam Bennett is Carrrick-on-Suir's latest emerging international professional cyclist. In June 2017, young Bennett, at just 26 ended the 2017 Tour of Slovenia as he started it: standing on the podium as a stage winner. The Carrick on Suir rider outsprinted 30-time Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish to the finish in Novo Mesto, netting his third UCI-ranked victory of the year.

Learn a little more about Sam Bennett's career in his own words here

Recent article with our 2 great professional cyclist heros here