Minister gets in training for Ride Dingle

Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, launching Ride Dingle, with Niall Browne Dingle Cycling Club, Oliver Kirwan, Elite Events, and club members Breege Granville, Padraig Fitzgerald and Camilla Browne.
Picture: Marek Hajdasz

AN exciting new cycle sportif to be added to the cycle event calendar has been formally launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin.

Elite Event Management, the organisers of the Ring of Beara Cycle and the Quest Adventure Series, will host the Ride Dingle event in conjunction with Dingle Cycling Club.

The new event has two routes of 55km or 120km to choose from with the longer route encapsulating Ireland’s legendary highest mountain pass, Conor Pass.

Minister Brendan Griffin said: “The Dingle Peninsula is a wonderful, dramatic landscape and it will make a fantastic setting for this cycle event. It’s great to see how popular cycling has become in Ireland in recent years and I have no doubt Ride Dingle will be over-subscribed like so many of the other cycle sportifs around the country”.

The minister said he plans to get into training for the event and he hopes to be back Dingle on April 27 next fighting fit to take on the challenges of Slea Head and Conor Pass.

Irish Olympian and President of Dingle Cycling Club, Paudie Fitzgerald, remarked: “It’s a very challenging and rugged part of the world and it will provide great memories of a special cycle”.

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Picture: Marek Hajdasz