Ride The Classic is a unique leisure cycling sportive, taking you through the beautiful country lanes and bogs of East Galway. A combination of off-road sectors on bog roads, farm tracks, boreens, and manor estates, make up about 25% of the route.
The sister event to the Galway Classic, Irelands only 'classics' style road race, Ride The Classic gives riders a true taste of the traditional gritty old northern european professional road races, an experience and memorable challenge like none other.
Whats Included In Our Sportif?
Unique Routes Unlike Any Other Sportif in Ireland
Motorbike & Static Safety Marshalling
Mechanical Ride Support
Post Ride BBQ
Register for the Ride The Classic Sportif Before March 1st and receive a FREE event T-Shirt!
THE SPORTIF OPTIONS
The belltower rings as you leave the start line on a dusty track as it winds its way out through the old estate gates - you're off!
The toughest sector on the course! You descend on a twisting dusty gravel farm track, turning sharply through the motorway underpass before climbing out of Cloverpark on a compact gritty service road. With its undulations and broken surface this 2.1km is physically challenging.
A visually stunning sector 2.4km long through the manor estate on a mixture of gravel and farm tracks, through the courtyard of the old manor house. This marks the start of a very challenging 3-sector leg. A truly spectacular sector.
The final of 3 quick sectors in succession, the second pass of this fast, straight though bog road - hug the edges for the fastest lines!
Having had a little time to recover as you head for home its time to greeth your teeth - at 4.5km this bog road is the longest sector and is sure to test tired legs. The entrance is rough but leads to compact gravel and grit roads with lots of twists.
This 2.2km sector thru Abbey bog is a test of will. The first of our sectors is a relatively straight route through the bog. The centre is rough while the edges offer a faster line, but watch out for the soft bog verges!
OLD BOG ROAD
After a short respite from the off-road, heading easterly towards Menlough you will take on this 2.3km bog road sector. A short but twisty technical sector.
Named after the famous Arenberg forest of Paris Roubaix, this 2.3km stretch is the roughest sector on the course with very uneven surfaces. Now is the time to greeth your teeth - welcome to hell!
Second pass through our most physically demanding sector - watch out for the twisting path through the gate and farm walls!
Concentration is needed as you ride up the short but lose gravel entrance track into Ryehill Demesne and onto the finish line...well done you've made it! Head to the BBQ for some well earned food and drink!
Ride The Classic, Galway Classic, & Galway Classic Mna
are events organised and ran by the volunteers of
Galway Bay Cycling Club.
We would like to thank the local communities
of East & North Galway
for their assistance in staging these events,
as well as the wider cycling community in Galway
and the surrounding region.