4,400 cyclists to tackle the Ring of Beara

Members of the Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club that competed in last year’s Ring of Beara Cycle

THE Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare takes place, planned for Saturday, May 25, is completely sold-out for the fifth year running.

More than 4,400 cyclists are expected to take part in the popular cycle and travel around the Ring of Beara Peninsula from 8.30am. The vast majority will start and finish in Kenmare with approximately 300 riders starting and finishing in Castletownbere.

Ex-pro cyclist and renowned journalist Paul Kimmage will attend as a guest speaker at a special free event at the Beara Coast Hotel in Castletownbere on the Friday night at 8pm. He will be interviewed by Off The Ball reporter Máire Treasa Ní Cheallaigh and he will answer questions from the audience with participants and members of the public are welcome to attend.

Unbreakable: Mark Pollock

Explorer and motivational speaker Mark Pollock and a team of supporters and fundraisers are also undertaking the event this year to help raise awareness of his mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime. Mark will undertake the 110km cycle with tandem pilot Simon O’Donnell, a team mate in his trek to the South Pole, and a team of 35 other cyclists will take on the cycle with them.

Event Director Oliver Kirwan, said: “We are delighted and privileged to welcome Mark and his teammates. We have a huge respect and admiration for his work and if we can help in any way to support that through the cycle we will. Having the team with us is going to make the day even more special for all involved”.

Six local charities will benefit from this year’s cycle – Kenmare Family Resource Centre, Kenmare Special Olympics, Kenmare Special Needs Group, St John of God Services Kenmare and Castletownbere Community Hospital.

Today FM’s Alison Curtis show will be broadcasting live from Kenmare on the morning of the event.

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