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Saturday 25 October 2014

Cycle has ring of success

Marisa Reidy

Published 14/08/2013 | 05:36

CLOSE to 600 cyclists took to the roads of north Kerry on Saturday for the annual Ring of North Kerry Cycle, making it by far the most successful in the event's three year history.

CLOSE to 600 cyclists took to the roads of north Kerry on Saturday for the annual Ring of North Kerry Cycle, making it by far the most successful in the event's three year history.

From 130 participants in year one to 580 this year, the event is building into a solid reputation attraction for cyclists thanks to the work of the Finuge Freewheelers Cycling Club who organise the cycle in association with Ballybunion Sea and Cliff Rescue.

This year's event was especially poignant for the north Kerry cycling club, who dedicated the race to former member Philip Egan from Rathea, who died earlier this year. As a tribute to their good friend, all riders wore a blue ribbon in memory of the proud Dublin native.

Philip's wife Ann got the race underway from Finuge on Saturday morning, with riders choosing a 70km or a more difficult 120km route, with rolling countryside, sea breezes and testing climbs along the way. All arrived back to Finuge unscathed on Saturday evening, bringing to an end another hugely successful event for all involved.

"Like any event of this scale, there will always be some teething problems but we were delighted with how everything went and thankfully we had no crashes or injuries, which is always a good thing," organiser Johnny Joy said afterwards. "That wouldn't have been possible without the support of the gardaí and Kerry County Council who ensured our safety."

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