Entries have opened for this year's Ride the Classic, the sportive edition of the Galway Classic road race.

The Galway Classic is billed as Ireland's only classics-style cycle race, featuring numerous-off road sectors on a course designed to be rideable on standard road bikes.

This year's race takes place on Sunday 4 August, with the sportive taking place the day before on Saturday 3 August 2024.

The sportive offers a choice of two courses - Rouleur, at 111km with 11 gravel sectors, and the Puncheur at 80km with eight gravel sectors.

Event HQ is the Ryehill Demesne near Abbeyknockmoy in County Galway.

Tickets are available now at www.ridetheclassic.com.

Entries are open for the Galway Classic sportive.
Entries are open for the Galway Classic sportive.

"Ride The Classic is a unique leisure cycling sportive, taking you through the beautiful country lanes and bogs of East Galway," say organisers Galway Bay Cycling Club.

"The sister event to the Galway Classic, Irelands only 'classics' style road race, Ride The Classic gives riders a true taste of the traditional gritty old northern european professional road races, an experience and memorable challenge like none other."

The route is roughly 75% road, while the remainder combines off-road sectors on bog roads, farm tracks, boreens, and manor estates.

Riders on the 111km Rouleur course will tackle 24km of gravel, with those on the Puncheur facing 18km of the rough stuff.

The event is suitable for road bikes, although no doubt plenty of entrants will opt for the added comfort of gravel rigs with wider tyres.

On course mechanics and feed stops (one on the short route, two on the long) will take care of you along the way, and there's a well-earned BBQ at the finish line as a reward.

Entries are open now priced €45 for the Puncheur and €50 for the Rouleur route. Enter before 1 June for a free event t-shirt... perfect for wiping the mud off your face at the finish!

Find out more and enter at www.ridetheclassic.com.