Saturday saw the staging of the third annual Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare. This ever popular and growing event brought cyclists from all over Ireland and as far afield as South Africa, America and Canada to the Beara Peninsula for Ireland’s most captivating cycle route.
The drizzly morning didn’t dampen spirits as cyclists embarked on a challenging 110km or 140km route which encompassed the magnificent mountains, valleys and the rugged coastline of the Beara peninsula.
The 3 start/finish locations of Kenmare, Castletownbere and Glengariff meant there was extra excitement out on the route. Cyclists basked in wonderful sunshine as they passed through picturesque and quaint towns, including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Castletownbere, Adrigole and Glengarriff. Participants enjoyed food, music and chat at the food stations dotted along the route.
Communities along the Beara peninsula came out to support and welcomed the cyclists to their villages as well as encouraging them to keep going!
Cyclists arrived back the finish line to a festival like atmosphere and were treated to a well-earned massage, Japanese hot tubs, custom designed medal, live music and food.
The Ring of Beara Cycle was truly a family occasion with over 150 children taking part in the free children’s cycle around Kenmare in the morning.
Proceeds from this event will go to two local charities South West Counselling and new charity partner for 2017, Castletownbere Community Hospital.
Sarah Durkin, Chairperson of Kenmare Marketing and Events Group said, “We are delighted to have the support and cooperation of so many individuals, businesses and organisations to run this great event. The people of Kenmare and the Ring of Beara as well as the volunteers who get on board to help with the event, make all the difference and thanks to everyone’s involvement we can raise money for some brilliant charities who support our local communities. I would like to say thank you to all involved including the marshals, sponsors and events teams for all their hard work. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to Kenmare and the Ring of Beara in 2018.”