There was a suggestion floating around on Sunday morning that, successful and all as the day was, it may be brought forward in the calendar for next year so that cyclists could test out their ‘Ring-of-Kerry-Cycle legs ahead of that annually growing wonder in Killarney. That sounds like a great idea as this cycling craze in only getting going now. St. Kieran’s GAA Club PRO and recently fledged journalist, Amber Galwey followed the fortunes of the cyclists on Sunday and filed the following report:
OVER 240 cyclists took part in the St. Kieran’s inaugural cycle tour last Sunday, July 20th.
The cyclists came from near and far and were blessed with beautiful weather which added to the fantastic atmosphere around the cycle routes. The tour consisted of two routes; the short route which was 45km for novice and leisure cyclists and the long route which was 80km for more experienced cyclists.
The cyclists set off at 10am and all those who took part had returned before 2.15pm. Many novice cyclists were delighted with their achievement which added to the ambiance at Desmond’s pitch, where the cycle began and finished.
The route of the tour included all of the seven St Kieran’s parishes beginning in Castleisland then travelling to Ballymacelligott, Currow, Scartaglin, Cordal, Brosna, and Knocknagoshel, before returning to Castleisland.
Cyclists returned to the finish line at Desmond’s GAA ground where they were greeted by music and encouraging spectators. There were very welcome refreshments provided all day at Desmond’s GAA pitch.
St Kieran’s wish to thank everyone who supported the event and they especially wish to thank all those who helped on the day; those who acted as stewards, safety officers, those who provided the refreshments and the committee members. Organisers also wish to thank the local guards, the ambulance crews, Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue, the Civil Defence and those who provided sponsorship on the day.
It was fantastic day and it was great to see so many familiar faces take to their bike to support their local district team. Many cyclists commented on the great atmosphere and the successful orgainsation of the cycle – it was such a huge success that the organisers are already looking forward to next year’s cycle. Well done to everyone who took part.