The Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford part of the Sport Ireland Cycle Series of five cycling events throughout Ireland in 2017 took place on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August and another chapter in the history of this great event was written!
Dungarvan looked resplendent on Saturday morning as over 1200 cyclists from 7 months to 70 years took part in the 12k Kelly Spin. It was a sight to behold as the multitude lined up on the Causeway entertained by Dungarvan Brass Band. Cllr. Pat Nugent, Mayor of Waterford City and County Council officially started the event and counted down the start at 11.30am and a sea of smiling faces young and not so young moved off from the start line on a route which saw them take in Abbeyside-Ballinroad-Ballinacourty-Gold Coast Road and the Abbeyside section of the Greenway.
There are so many ingredients that make the Sport Ireland Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford the success it is, but foremost in our minds after such a challenging day is the unique ‘Waterford Welcome’ afforded by all of our volunteers right across the county to all of the cyclists regardless of the weather! Of course there are many, many people to thank and that will be done over the coming days, weeks and months. We recognise that primarily this event would never take place without the goodwill, enthusiasm, dedication and hard work of over 500 volunteers. Take a bow you were all amazing!
Our sponsors have also been so supportive all along and to one and all we are very grateful and they include; Sport Ireland, Flahavan’s, Eurospar, Flynn Hotels, Cycling Ireland, Dungarvan Credit Union and Chia Bia. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Dungarvan Nissan, official supplier of vehicles to the Sean Kelly Tour. Acknowledgement must also go to the professionalism shown by the Gardai, the Civil Defence, the Irish Red Cross, the Order of Malta, Dr. Noelle Quann (event doctor) and all the medical team of volunteers for ensuring that this was both a safe and enjoyable experience for all concerned. A special mention must go to all those who supported the event’s chosen charity, the Solas Cancer Support Centre, by directly raising money, supporting their raffles or by giving of their time to help out over the weekend.
For now let’s just enjoy the moment and reflect with pride on a wonderful weekend in County Waterford’s sporting, social and cultural calendar!
Article Modified: December 14, 2018 11:43 am