A CALL is going out to cyclists around the county to get in gear for the 125km Dingle Peninsula Challenge Cycle, which was officially launched by Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne (Dingle Cycling Club) at the weekend.
The event managed to attract over 200 participants last year and, with the ever increasing interest in cycling across the county, organisers are expected an even larger turnout for this year's cycle on Saturday, May 4.
The Dingle Peninsula Challenge will cover a 125km course comprising of two loops beginning at Dingle Marina and progressing through Annascaul to Camp Junction before returning to Dingle via the Conor Pass.
The second loop goes through Ceann Trá, Slea Head, Ballyferriter, Baile na nGall, Feothneach and Cuas before finishing up at Dingle Marina. Cyclists can do either loop or indeed both (35 miles or 75 miles) and there will be plenty going on in Dingle besides with the Féile na Bealtaine arts festival in full swing.
A cross section of the Corca Dhuibhne community turned out in Baile an Mhuilinn on Saturday to launch the event, including Seanachán MacGearailt (Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne and Príomhoide of Scoil an Ghleanna), Padraig O'Connor (AIB Dingle), Jane O'Connor and John Browne (CRCD), Gearóid Ó Loinsigh (Gluaisteáin Riasc), Tor Cotton (Am Spraoi), Mícheál Ó Conchúir (Dingle GAA), Michael Moriarty (Moriarty - Bambury Planning, Survey & Design), Seán Ó Suilleabháin (Dingle Women's Mini Marathon), Aileen Ní Shé (Féile na Bealtaine) and Paddy Ó Conchúir (Louis Mulcahy Pottery).
Seanachán MacGearailt of Cumann Rothaíochta Chorca Dhuibhne said the beneficiaries of this year's cycle challenge include the Dingle Camphill Community in Dún Síon and Am Spraoi, the local initiative who aim to build a new playground in Dingle.
Participants may register on the day from 8am at Dingle Marina; an online registration facility is also available at FeileNaBealtaine.ie or contact a member of the club for a registration form.