Thursday 25 December 2014

Get on your bike - Win 5 sets of family trek bikes with the Irish Independent

Published 17/07/2014 | 16:50

Pubs, milk, grass, rain and maybe the craic - Ireland is famous for a few things and one of them is also the breathtaking and diverse cycle routes across our little grassy island.

The Irish Independent has teamed up with Trek bikes to offer five families the chance to win a set of four bikes each - Two Trek 7.1FX adult bikes, and a CBR Montare 24w girls bike and a CBR Warrior 24w boys bike.

To win, simply collect 5 tokens in total. One token will appear on page two of the Irish Independent each day from Monday, July 21st to Friday, July 25th.

Get a FREE token on our Fit Magazine Facebook page here and see the Irish Independent on Thursday, July 24th for another one. 

Entry forms can be found in the Irish Independent on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Remember, you can enter as many times as you like, so get collecting and you could be one of our lucky winners.

Send your forms to: PO BOX 11 Independent Newspapers, Independent House, 27-32 Talbot Street Dublin 1.

We've had a look and selected a few scenic cycle routes below - let us know your favourite.

Source: Cycle Ireland

1. Powerscourt Cycle Route Loop

This route takes you from Bray into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, past the majestic Great Sugarloaf and Powerscourt Waterfall – the highest in Ireland.

There is some climbing but you get great views to compensate.

Distance: 39km

Climbing: 654m

 

 

2. Cycle Ring of Kerry – Killarney to Waterville

This tour is an alternate to the main road if you want to Cycle Ring of Kerry, going down the beautiful, deserted roads of the interior of the Iveagh Peninsula.

This is one of the remotest parts of the country. You can add on a climb to Ballaghbeama Gap if you have the time.

Distance: 62km

Climbing: 528m

Difficulty: average

 

 

3. Cycle Killarney National Park Loop

This easy cycle goes through the best of Killarney National Park – much of it is on narrow but well-paved traffic-free paths. You will share it with walkers and horses, so it might be a little slow, but it is so beautiful around here that you are unlikely to mind. This is an extremely popular place to rent a bike and cycle around.

Distance: 28km

Climbing: 196m

Difficulty: easy

4. Howth Head Cycle Loop

This short ride takes you out to Howth Head from the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin. You pass through the seaside village of Howth before a short climb takes offers you amazing views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow.

Distance: 35km

Climbing: 190m

 

 

5. Old Head of Kinsale Cycle Loop

This short loop takes you through beautiful Sandycove and then on the famous Old Head of Kinsale. Then you spin down to Garretstown Beach and on to Ballinspittle. The route back to Kinsale takes you past Ballinspittle Shrine, which became famous in the 198s. You pack in a lot in a short distance on this route.

Distance: 29km

Climbing: 371m

Difficulty: easy

 

 

6. Phoenix Park Dublin Cycle Loop

This loop takes you around the quietest roads of the Phoenix Park in Dublin City. It’s the perfect way to unwind, for both Dubliners and visitors, who play all sorts of sports in the park. There is bike hire available at the main entrance.

Distance: 9kmm

Climbing: 87m

Difficulty: easy

 

7. Bantry to Cork Cycle

This route is a great option to reach Cork City from beautiful West Cork – one of the finest areas of Ireland to cycle in. You ride north from Bantry through hilly country. After Kealkill you climb the Pass of Keimaneigh and pass Gougane Barra.

Distance: 82km

Climbing: 689m

Difficulty: hard

On the straight and narrow with the wind through your hair. We've had a look and selected a few of the best routes below - let us know your favourite?

Source: Cycle Ireland

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