IT IS WITH GREAT REGRET THAT WE MUST ANNOUNCE THAT THE 2012 TAIN TEAM TOUR WILL NOT TAKE PLACE DUE TO A LACK OF ENTRIES. ALL ENTRIES RECEIVED TO DATE WILL BE REFUNDED.
The 2012 Crowne Plaza Hotel – Tain Team Tour is one of the most unique cycle races in Ireland. A stage race based on points where teams are the victors and not the individuals. The race will be run over three stages with points awarded daily to teams through a combination of intermediate sprints and final finishing places. The race will comprise of a team time trial and two road stages finishing with one of the longest climbs in Ireland, a 500 metre ascent of the picturesque Clairmont Cairn in the Cooley mountains.
Riders will ride as part of county teams, the first team from each county will represent that county, and subsequent teams will represent towns. Teams will be comprised of 4 riders with the best 3 riders to count on each stage. The race is aimed primarily at A3 and A4 riders, although each team is allowed one A2 rider. Teams can be composite with riders from different clubs and counties. As this is a team event it will offer “ordinary club riders” a real chance to race for the coveted malliot jaune whilst having the honor of representing their county.