Cycling gets Festival Cluain Meala underway this weekend

Carrick-on-Suir's Sam Bennett who won last year's big event in Clonmel and later went to join a professional team in France. See more stars of the future on the streets of Clonmel this weekend.
Clonmel in August promises to be full of festive cheer with the return of Festival Cluain Meala from August 1 to 10.

Clonmel in August promises to be full of festive cheer with the return of Festival Cluain Meala from August 1 to 10.

The town will be transformed over 10 summer days with bike races, gigs, concerts, fairs and open air parties and nearly all events are free.

The event is the hugely successful collaboration of the three major festivals staged in Clonmel in August – the Medieval Town Walls Festival, the Suir Valley Three Day Cycling Festival and the Clonmel Busking Festival.

An unprecedented 15,000 people attended the festival in 2013, which celebrated Clonmel’s rich tapestry of culture, sport and music.

Festival Cluain Meala opens on the August Bank Holiday Weekend with the Suir Valley 3 Day International Cycle Race, which promises to be their biggest and best race yet with over 5 continental teams.

The Suir Valley 3 Day is being filmed for the Setanta sports channel this year and will air the week after the race so Clonmel with be getting national and international coverage.

There will be race starts and finishes in Clonmel throughout the weekend for the public to come along and cheer them on.

The Cycling Festival takes over the centre of Clonmel on Sunday 3rd August, where there will be an international criterium and four fun sportives including a 5km family fun sportive.

The 160km, 100km, 55km and 5km sportives are open to everyone and all entry details are on suirvalleycyclefestival.com.