The Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle – Final Preperations
The Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle – 112 miles of pedal power raising funds for local charities
Tyres are pumped, padded shorts are ready, water bottles are being filled and most likely some prayers are being said. The 28th annual Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle gets underway at 6am this Saturday, July 2nd starting from the Racecourse, Ross Road, Killarney. Over 4,000 cyclists from all over Ireland and beyond have already registered on line for the 112 mile leisure cycle on one of Kerry’s most picturesque routes.
Among the participants this year will be An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Minister for Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Jimmy Denihan, Sean Kelly, MEP and former Munster & Republic of Ireland rugby player Mick Galway.
While the majority of cyclists will complete the 112 miles on Saturday some will take a more leisurely approach choosing to spread it over a couple of days stoppping off along the way to enjoy some legendary Kerry hospitality! The people of Kerry are invited and encouraged to come out along the route in suppport of the cyclists.
Radio Kerry’s Saturday Show with Francis Jones will broadcast live from Colaiste na Sceilge, Cahersiveen, the first major stop en route, between 11am and 2pm. Francis will speak to a selection of the cyclists taking part as well as to some of the volunteers crews providing refreshments and a morale boost to prepare them for the second half.
Since the first cycle in 1984 the Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle has raised over €4.1 million for over 100 charities. The Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle embodies a real sense of community. While fundraising is the major focus of the cycle also worthy of note is the profile of cyclists of all ages and experience who participate and the huge team of volunteers from across a wide variety of community groups, charities and businesses who all work together to contribute to the success of the event.
This year seven principal charities will benefit from the funds raised by the Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle are The Irish Kidney Association, Kerry Parents & Friends Association, Friends of St Josephs House, Recovery Haven, The Irish Society for Autism, Skellig Stars and The IHCPT. 15 other charities will also benefit from funds raised through the cycle.
For more information on the route, insurance, accommodation, final preperations and how to make a donation to the 2011 cycle visit www.ringofkerrycycle.ie