Stage One of the ninth Tour de Munster got underway today Thursday 13th August. A team of leisure cyclists are embarking on a gruelling 600km cycle all in the name of charity.
Stage One began in Cork and since no tour of Munster could be complete without a visit to Lismore the group will pass through the town before they commence the climb into the Knockmealdowns towards The Vee and Clogheen.
This flying visit by the Tour de Munster serves as the perfect prelude to the Tour of Ireland cycle which will pass through Lismore on Saturday 22nd August. The Tour, which runs 21st-23rd August, will feature 112 top cyclists including Lance Armstrong and Mark Cavendish.
Lismore is part of Stage Two of the Tour; a 196km trip from Clonmel to Killarney. The leg kicks off in Clonmel at 10.00am. Cyclists are expected at The Vee at 10.35am and in Lismore at 11.02am.
The Tour received a great welcome when it passed through Lismore last year and everyone is again urged to come out and cheer on the participants.