By Caitlín O’Driscoll
THE Ring of Beara Cycle will take place on Saturday May 25th. This popular event also has its very own cycle for children, which all the family can get involved in. Not to be out-done by their parents on their bikes, children in national school classes between 3rd and 5th can take part in a free kids’ cycle around Kenmare Town on the same day.
Local schoolchildren are encouraged to get involved in a photo competition being run to coincide with the cycle. Finnegan’s Cycles in Kenmare are offering a brand-new bike worth €300 for the winner of the competition. All they have to do is take a picture of the Ring of Beara Cycle from anywhere around the Beara Peninsula on event day and submit their photos to their primary school teacher by May 28th. The overall best photo will be chosen by photographer Norman McCloskey .
Adult participants will have a choice of an exciting 140km or 110km cycle, by the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastal route on the Beara Peninsula.
Participants will pass some of Ireland’s most picturesque and quaint towns including Ardgroom, Eyeries, Allihies, Castletownbere, Adrigole, Glengarriff and back to Kenmare town.
More detail on the routes and their elevations is available at plotaroute.com.
The kid’s cycle will start at 10am in Kenmare Square and follow a short 2km route around Kenmare town. Marshals will supervise the route. All participants should bring and wear a safety helmet for the cycle. Children need to register with an accompanying adult from 9.30am in the marquee located in the Square in Kenmare.
For more information, see www.ringofbearacyclekenmare.com