3,000 cyclists for Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge

3,000 cyclists for Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge


Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Over 3,000 cyclists from 24 Countries have registered to cycle the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge (SRAC), making it the biggest cycle to ever take place in County Clare.

Cyclists from all over the world will gather in Ennistymon on Saturday 1st April 2017, at 10:00am to cycle with Stephen Roche.

This year sees the 30th anniversary of Stephen Roche’s 1987 Triple Crown winning year, winning the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and World Championships.

The SRAC became the first ever Irish cycle to become a UCI (World Cycling) leisure event and was previously nominated for the best cycle event in Ireland. This is the 5th year of the cycle and every year it has grown from strength to strength.

The Atlantic Challenge is a cycle through the Burren with the legend cyclist, Stephen Roche.

Photo: Karen Edwards

From the rolling hills of the Burren and the Wild Atlantic Way, the location, the route, the scenery are all breath taking and include the 2 climbs of the famous Cliffs of Moher and Corkscrew Hill.

Lonely Planet described this cycling route as the 5th Best Cycling Route in the World.

Over the years, guests cyclists from around the World have cycled the Atlantic Challenge with Stephen Roche including the legend cyclist Sean Kelly, Paris Roubaix winner and Swedish Professional Magnus Backsteadt, former World Number 1 track cyclist Caroline Ryan and former Italian world champion Maurizio Fondriest.

All proceeds raised from the cycle go to support the local charity, Seeking Vision.

The 80km route:

Ennistymon, Lahinch, Liscannor, Cliffs of Moher, Lisdoonvarna, Fanore, Black Head, Ballyvaughan, Corkscrew Hill, Lisdoonvarna, Ennistymon.

Further information is available from social media sites such as Facebook / Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge and Twitter @stephenrocheac

This is one of the biggest cycles in Ireland and the biggest cycle ever to take place in Co. Clare. Traffic delays are expected along the route from 10 am to 3pm.




Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.