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Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2024

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle 2024

Introduction

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is a popular annual event that attracts thousands of cyclists from around the world to ride the scenic Ring of Kerry route on one day. First & foremost purpose of the day is to raise much needed funds for national and local charitable organisations. Now in it’s 42nd year, the annual cycle has raised in excess of €19millions for 160 charity & voluntary community groups.

Here’s what you should know about participating in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle:

Event Overview

  • Date: Typically held on the 1st Saturday in July each year.
  • Route: The route follows the famous Ring of Kerry, starting and ending to amazing fanfare in Killarney.
  • Distance: Approximately 175 kilometers (110 miles).
  • Purpose: The event is organized primarily to raise funds for various charitable organizations and local community projects.

Key Features

  • Scenic Beauty: Participants get to experience the stunning landscapes of County Kerry, including coastal views, mountain passes, and picturesque villages.
  • Community Spirit: The event attracts cyclists of all ages and abilities, creating a vibrant atmosphere of camaraderie and support.
  • Support Stations: Along the route, there are designated support stations the main ones being Cahersiveen & Kenmare, where teams of volunteers provide refreshments, snacks, and medical assistance if needed.
  • Finish Line Celebration: The event culminates in a celebratory atmosphere in the Beech Road Carpark Killarney, with entertainment and festivities for participants and spectators to help celebrate the end of a mammoth 175kms.

Registration & Participation

  • Registration: Typically opens several months in advance. Participants are encouraged to register early as places can fill up quickly.
  • Fundraising: Participants are often required to fundraise a minimum amount as part of their entry, with the funds going directly to the designated charities.
  • Entry Options: There are options for individual riders, as well as teams and corporate groups.
  • Training: It’s advisable to train beforehand, especially if you plan to tackle the full 175 km route.

Tips for Participants

  • Prepare Your Bike: Ensure your bike is in good condition and suitable for long-distance cycling.
  • Pack Essentials: Carry water, snacks, spare tubes, tools for basic repairs, and any necessary medications.
  • Clothing: Dress appropriately for varying weather conditions (It’s Ireland afterall) and wear comfortable cycling attire.
  • Safety: Follow event guidelines, wear a helmet, and obey traffic rules.
  • Enjoy the Experience: Take time to appreciate the scenery and enjoy the supportive atmosphere of fellow cyclists and volunteers.

Accommodation and Travel

  • Accommodation: Book accommodation in Killarney or nearby well in advance, as the event attracts many participants and spectators.
  •  Travel: Consider transportation options to and from Killarney, especially if you’re traveling from outside Ireland.

Charity and Community Impact

  • Beneficiaries: Funds raised through the charity cycle support a wide range of charitable causes, benefiting local communities and organizations, with over 19 million raised since the first cycle in 1983.
  • Volunteering: If you’re not cycling, consider volunteering or supporting the event in other ways to contribute to its success.
    Participating in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is not only a rewarding physical challenge but also a meaningful way to support charitable causes while experiencing the beauty of County Kerry.

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Best wishes to all the cyclists for 2024.

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