• Sunday , 22 October 2017

Joe and Terry’s Island hop spin.

After the success of their Cliffs of Moher club spin, the Chain Gang’s very own “Wish you where here” couple are ready for more action.

Join the intrepid duo on an exciting cycle out to Kerry’s very own Island in the sun…… Valentia.

Departing from base camp (The Meadowlands) at 8:30 am you’ll be guided over the first challenge of the day into Castlemaine village. From here the cycle meanders into the ancient puck town of Killorglin, where you’ll join up with the famous and stunningly beautiful Ring of Kerry. Continuing on, the cycle passes through the popular tourist destination of Glenbeigh where the rugged beauty and elegance of the Ring of Kerry really starts to show it’s true colours. 

Ring of Kerry

Cycling alongside the Atlantic Ocean, absorb the stunning views of Dingle and the Sleahead peninsula to the north. A little further on the cycle overlooks the amazing Kells Bays and it’s gardens before descending down gently to the birthplace of the liberator, Daniel O’Connell and Cahersiveen. If you so wish, Cahersiveen is a splendid place for a quick re-fuel in one of the many fine eateries straddling it’s impressive Main Street. Once re-nourished the cycle continues beyond the outskirts of Cahersiveen, before taking a right turn towards the gateway to Valentia, Portmagee. As a point of interest Portmagee is the starting point to many of the boat trips to Skellig Michael and is a town adorned by its very distinctively coloured shops and houses.

Valentia Island

Crossing the impressive Maurice O’Neill Memorial Bridge as a touring cyclist you enter your goal. Valentia Island. Once on the island, discover its quaint country roads, step back in time to the Tetrapod trackways, visit the stunning lighthouse close to the northern tip of the island or just bask in the islands supposed very own micro-climate. Like all good things island life comes to an end. In this case it’s at the village of Knight’s Town, the gateway to trans-Atlantic telegraph system, constructed in the 19th century. Once in Knight’s Town the group will stop for a well-earned dinner in the local hotel. Once fed and watered your ferry awaits, taking you back to Renard Point and the main land. From Renard, Cahersiveen is a mere 4 km in distance. From here you retrace your cycle back to Tralee but with a slight diversion, taking in one of “Lonely Planets” must see villages, Cromane. The group will pause in Killorglin for that treat of treats the humble 99 before  finally completing the final leg back to Tralee for a well-earned celebratory drink in the Meadowlands Hotel. ETA 16:30 

As a shorter alternative why not drive to Glenbeigh and join the group for a slightly shorter but none the less thrilling ride? Distance 85 km

For this trip all cycling abilities will be catered for and looked after.

This event is very much dependent on likable weather conditions.

 

In a nut shell!

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