The future stars of international cycling will return to Clare this coming week to compete in the Scott Bicycles Junior Tour.
In its third year in Clare, this race has brought some of rising stars of cycling to the roads of the Banner county in what is a very competitive tour.This year, the race announced a massive coup when teaming up with title sponsor Scott Bicycles. Over the last three years the participation numbers have steadily increased and 2015 will see over 100 competitors between 16 and 18 years of age fight for overall honours.
The winner of the last two editions was Cork Teenager, Eddie Dunbar who has since turned professional and is quickly establishing himself as one of the most exciting prospects for Ireland as his aggressive racing style wows the professionals. Dunbar collected the Under 23 National Time Trial title along with the Under 23 Road Race title when finishing second in the Senior Road Race last month.
This year will see a new winner being added to the trophy, but who it will be remains to be seen. The best of the Irish will be present but are up against it with strong teams entered from USA, England, Wales, Scotland, France, Netherlands, South Africa and Belgium.
The route will see the riders fight for stage and overall honours on many of the well known routes and hills of Clare.
The race opens on Tuesday at 7pm with a Time Trial on the Kildysart Road outside of Ennis with the remaining stages on the roads between 12 noon and 3pm each day until Sunday 19.
Full details are available on www.juniortourofireland.com