The Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare 2019 took less than 24hrs to sell out completely this week. Over 4200 spaces for the event were snapped up by eager cyclists who have secured the date in the diary for 2019.
The popularity of the event is not only testament to the great reception riders receive all along the Beara Peninsula but also the state of cycle tourism in Ireland.
Mickey ‘Ned’ O’Sullivan of the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare Organising Committee said, “It’s great to see the event selling out so quickly again this year. We’ve had four brilliant years to date and I have no doubt 2019 will be set to match them. The event receives great support from the communities along the route and the fantastic volunteers who make the event possible. We’re looking forward to May already!”
Participants choose between 110km or 140km routes for the cycle when the event went on pre-sale for past-participants on Wednesday and opened to the general public on Thursday.
Last week the Ring of Beara Organising Committee presented cheques totaling €53,000 in donations to Castletownbere Community Hospital, Castletownbere Day Care Centre, Kenmare Family Resource Centre, Kenmare Special Olympics, Kenmare Special Needs Group and St John of God Services Kenmare.