Cy­clists called to west Kerry with launch of ‘Ride Din­gle’ sportif

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

AS if Kerry were not al­ready a hub for cy­cling en­thu­si­asts, Din­gle will be the venue for a ma­jor cy­cling event in 2019 fol­low­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Din­gle Cy­cling Club and the or­gan­is­ers of the hugely pop­u­lar Ring of Beara cy­cle.

Elite Event Man­age­ment also runs a range of other events such as the Quest Ad­ven­ture Se­ries and is now of­fer­ing an­other event, ‘Ride Din­gle’, with two sep­a­rate routes of 55 kilo­me­tres and 120 kilo­me­tres re­spec­tively.

It will take place on April 27, 2019, and it will raise funds for the Dún Síon-based Cam­phill Com­mu­nity, which works with peo­ple with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties and other spe­cial needs.

The longer route will take in such fa­mous scenic at­trac­tions as the Slea Head drive and Conor Pass be­fore re­turn­ing to Din­gle via Camp and An­nascaul.

Din­gle Cy­cling Club has held the event in years gone by, and its launch un­der this new col­lab­o­ra­tion was car­ried out by Rás Tail­teann win­ner and Din­gle Cy­cling Club Pres­i­dent Paudie Fitzger­ald; Cam­phill Com­mu­nity Din­gle’s Lucy Har­vey; and Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin TD, who has vowed to take part him­self next year.

Late Din­gle cy­cling stal­wart John Browne was rep­re­sented by his son, Niall, and wife, Camilla.

Also present was Race Di­rec­tor Oliver Kir­wan, who feels the event’s scenery alone is enough to prove ir­re­sistible to cy­cling en­thu­si­asts.

“This cy­cle is on one of the most dra­matic routes I’ve ever en­coun­tered,” Mr Kir­wan said.

“Be­cause so much of it is on the coast­line, it’s a con­stant stream of photo-op­por­tu­ni­ties – but you’ll be much too busy ped­alling to think about that.

“It’s an event that has a great rep­u­ta­tion lo­cally, and we want to grow it so more peo­ple can ac­cess it and en­joy this un­spoilt, chal­leng­ing route that will keep you com­ing back for more,” he added.

Niall Browne, Oliver Kir­wan, Lucy Har­vey, Min­is­ter Bren­dan Grif­fin TD, Paudie Fitzger­ald, and Camilla Browne at the launch of the ‘Ride Din­gle’ sportif.

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