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Saturday 25 October 2014

Sun comes out to play for wonderful day in history of Ring Cycle

Kevin Hughes

Published 10/07/2013 | 15:02

Kieran and Marie Buicke, Templeglantine, with Oliver Mawe, The Spa, Tralee, and Sheila Curtin, Knocknagoshel, participating in the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday.

THE sun rising below Glenbeigh, Mountain Stage just ahead, the Dingle Peninsula to the west - there's just something special about starting out early for the world-famous Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

THE sun rising below Glenbeigh, Mountain Stage just ahead, the Dingle Peninsula to the west - there's just something special about starting out early for the world-famous Radio Kerry Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle.

On the 30th anniversary of the hugely popular initiative on Saturday the sun came out to play for what was one of the finest days ever witnessed on the charity fund-raising event.

Some 8,500 cyclists had registered ahead of the big event and with the final figure capped for safety reasons, the closing date for applications was brought forward, initially by a week to June 14, and eventually to June 12 as eager participants clamoured for a place on the starting line on Mission Road, Killarney.

They came from every county of Ireland and ever so slightly further afield, from Australia, USA, Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales, France and The Netherlands.

Every finisher was greeted with rolling drums as they approached The Lake Hotel entrance and again at The Plaza corner as they finished to thunderous applause at the meticulously planned New Street Car Park finish.

"It's like finishing the Tour de France," more than one happy cyclist was heard say as they made their way towards refreshments and entertainment for all the family.

Even GAA pundit Colm O'Rourke was blown away by the occasion, waxing lyrical about his cycling adventure the day before he took his seat to commentate on the Munster Football Final. Add in the praise of An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and many, many others and, indeed, it was a job well done.

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