The 2011 Tralee Cycling Club Leisure Tour ‘Slí Trá Lí’ takes place on Sunday, 11th September next from Hermitage Park, Lixnaw, Co. Kerry. The club last held a leisure tour a number of years ago, and was also based in Lixnaw. Reaction at the time was overwhelmingly positive, and therefore we have decided to base ourselves in Hermitage Park again for this year’s event. There will be adequate parking available at Lixnaw’s sportsfield, and sign-on is scheduled to commence at 9a.m. The entry fee is €10, and all who wish to take part will be required to wear a helmet at all times when riding. Insurance for the event is also necessary, and anyone who does not have this can take out a one-day license for €10.
The tour includes two routes; a 50 and a 100 kilometre circuit. Both start at Hermitage Park at 10.30a.m. and begin by passing through Lixnaw village before turning for Finuge. A left turn in Finuge will take riders into Listowel from the Greenville side, and therefore avoid most of the town traffic. Another left turn at the convent grotto in Listowel will take the peleton through Lisselton and on to Ballybunion. Another left before entering the seaside town will take us south-west towards the ferry bridge and on to Ballyduff. Skirting the village, the riders will take the ‘north road’ towards Ballyheigue and will enjoy a well deserved rest at ‘Barron’s Bunker’ where refreshments will be available.
Following the rest stop, the routes will split to allow the 50K riders return to Lixnaw via Causeway village. The 100K route heads west, and takes the remaining riders around ‘Kerry Head’ where their climbing ability will be well tested. On descending into Ballyheigue, cyclists will pass through the village and take a right turn towards Ardfert. Passing through this village, the tours southern extent will be reached as the bunch touches Tralee Town by turning left, over the ‘Bracker O’Regan’ road, and dragging themselves up the last climb of the day at Listellick. Tired legs will take riders through Abbeydorney and on to Ballinclogher Cross where a right turn will bring everyone home.
Refreshments, shower and changing facilities will be available again at the clubrooms at Hermitage Park, and all who complete the tour will receive a certificate to record their achievement. Hope to see you there!!!