On yer bike for the hamper ride

Padraig Harnett reports

THE annual Christmas Hamper ride, like Santa, is just round the corner.

Killorglin Cycling Club’s big event will which take place on Sunday, December 10  and the organisers have opted to keep the same format as last year with a 50km route from Killorglin to Killarney, Farranfore, Firies, Castlemaine and Miltown before heading back to Killorglin.

The 75km route will follow the same roads as the shorter route but at Farranfore riders on will head towards Tralee before turning off at Farmers Bridge and tackling the climb before joining the main Tralee-Killorglin road.

Both events are controlled by a pace car for approximately two thirds of the distance before riders are released to sprint for home.  Under 16 riders can only ride the short route.

It is important to note that this is not a race and while the first three riders home in the 75km route will have the choice of hampers, there are several other prizes that will be drawn amongst all the finishers.

The entry fee for Cycling Ireland licence holders is €15 and €20 for non-members with the sign-on at the Killorglin Sports and Leisure Centre from 8.45am to 9.45am on the day with the riders rolling out at 10am.

On return to the centre showers will be available along with hot food and refreshments.

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