Yes! We’ve reached the last week in May and it appears that something like elusive the Irish Summer has begun to kick off! This can only mean the regular return to the roads of so often minded Club kit (get the colours out there people!!) and the advanced planning of a Summer of cycles.
Some of the upcoming cycles of note to consider getting in the bag include:
Sli na Riochta – June 10th – A charity ride hosted by our comrades in Tralee CC running from Beaufort Bridge over an 85km route taking in the McGillycuddy Reeks. More details on http://traleecc.ie/?page_id=70.
Currow CC Leisure Tour – June 17th – 80km – Hosted by more comrades of the north Kerry cycling scene this is always an enjoyable spin. Contact Darragh Looney on 086 8916091 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and keep an eye out on http://currowcc.com/.
Tour de Burren – June 23rd – Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare – 66, 108 and 168km options.Categorically one of the best events in the country – not to be missed if you can take part!! Register online via http://regonline.activeeurope.com/anposttourdeburren for €30-35 before June 15th for savings. For full details see http://www.tourdeburren.com. As with all An Post events demand for accommodation in the immediate area (province!) is likely to be very high so book your entry and a place to stay sooner rather than later!!
Ring of Kerry – July 7th – Killarney, Co. Kerry. 170km charity ride. Entry is free BUT riders are expected to raise sponsorship for the charities benefiting from the event so raise what you can for worthy causes. Entry and full details is via http://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/.
The annual challenge to new members of completing the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle rolls out on the morning of the first Saturday of July. This is always a great social cycle and all members are encouraged to support the event and the charities benefiting, to take part in the spirit of the event (i.e. it is not a team time trial and PB’s are not a target of the day!), to kit out and represent the Club and the friendly nature and well disciplined cycling it is known for.
Iveragh 200 – July 21st – Promoted by our friends in Killorglin CC this event has testing routes of either 130km or 200km to choose from. Entry is €35 payable on the day having pre-registered HERE. Full event and route details on http://www.iveragh200.com. For other info contact Eoin Ryan at 087 2821851 or on email@example.com
Southside Wheeley Wheelers Leisure Tour – July 22nd – 15, 60 and 120km options. Contact Paul Gammell on 086 1654988 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details and keep an eye out on http://southsidewheelywheelers.wordpress.com/
Tour de Kilkenny – August 4th – Kilkenny, Co. Kilkenny – 40, 70, 110 and 160km options. This event run by the Marble City Cyclers has been getting great reviews over the last number of years and is definitely on the recommended list for 2012. Entry €20-€30 online via http://www.activeglobal.com/gl/cycling/kilkenny-ireland/tour-de-kilkenny-2012. Full route and event details on http://www.marblecitycyclers.com/tour-de-kilkenny/.
Trip to Tipp – August 19th – Thurles, Co. Tipperary – 100km and 200km options. €50 entry on the day. For details as they become available see http://www.bikerschallenge.com.
Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford – August 25th – Another edition of one of Irelands best run and most testing sportifs. Routes of 50, 100 and 160km on offer with entry €18-36 online via http://regonline.activeeurope.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1046896. Full details are available on http://www.itsafeeling.com/top-attractions/sight-and-sound/the-sean-kelly-tour.html. As with all An Post events demand for accommodation in the immediate area (province!) is likely to be very high so book your entry and a place to stay sooner rather than later!!
AND last but certainly not least our own Chain Gang Sportives! September 15th sees Kerry’s Premier Cycle Challenge roll out the gates of Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club in Tralee on routes of 110 or 160km taking in the Dingle Peninsula and Ireland’s Highest Mountain Pass – the Conor Pass. Entry is €20 – €25 online at http://regonline.activeeurope.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1089711. Entry on the day €30. Full event and route details at http://www.thechaingangsportives.com/.
Now just to get the training in!