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The Tour of Kildare started in 2001 with about 20 cyclists taking part and is now one of the major leisure events of the cycling calendar. In 2008 it was renamedThe Martin Earley Tour of Kidare and offered participants the opportunity to cycle with one of Ireland’s most successful cyclists, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France stage winner Martin Earley.

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Martin has again generously donated his time to host this year’s event and will no doubt be seen cruising along with one of the front groups.

The numbers participating have grown steadily over the years with over 600 signing on last year.

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There are three distances again this year: 110, 65 and 20km.

Sign on for the 110km and 65km will open at 8.30 am for a 10am start while the 20km family cycle starts at 12 noon.

We hope to still have all the factors that have helped make the Tour of Kildare a success such as good mechanical backup provided this year by EUROCYCLES, broom wagon and medical support, a friendly atmosphere and the now traditional burger when you finish at the Naas Court Hotel.