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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Time to saddle up for 'Sportive'

Dick McElligott, Pete Landy and Linda O'Shea from the Tralee Cycling Club with John Feerick of The Kerryman looking forward to the Kingdom Alliance Sportive event this weekend.

HUNDREDS of cycling enthusiasts are getting set for the inaugural, The Kerryman-sponsored, Kingdom Alliance Sportive in Tralee which takes place over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

HUNDREDS of cycling enthusiasts are getting set for the inaugural, The Kerryman-sponsored, Kingdom Alliance Sportive in Tralee which takes place over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Each of the three daily 100 mile stages will start and finish in Tralee and the tours are designed for both competitive and leisure cyclists with a shorter 50 mile option on each circuit available to cyclists.

Dick McElligott, Secretary/PRO of Tralee Cycling Club, the host club for the 'cyclosportive', said: "Lead cars will take the 'Racers' out ahead of the casual cyclists to make it safer and more enjoyable for people of varying fitness levels. Leisure cyclists will be challenged by the distance to be travelled, while the competitive cyclists can strive to cover the course as quickly as possible. Each stage will start at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre with a long (c100 miles) and short (c50 miles) route. All riders will have the benefit of support vehicles and first aid if needed. Off the road, all participants will find ample accommodation in the town of Tralee for the weekend with secure storage for bicycles at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre."

He is encouraging the people of Kerry to come out and support the participants as they soak-up the spectacular scenery that the Kingdom has to offer.

On Saturday June 1, Stage 1 will take the riders around North and East Kerry , Stage 2 on Sunday, the Queen stage, will be through the McGillicuddy Reeks while on Monday, Stage 3 will see the cyclists enjoy the breath-taking views around the Dingle peninsula.

The Kingdom Alliance Sportive will support a number of local and national charities: Bru Columbanus; Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind; The Irish Kidney Association; Kerry Cancer Support; The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Myelin Project.

The event is sponsored and supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, Lee Strand, The Kerryman, Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre, The Aquadome, B&P Hire, Tralee Credit Union and TLI Group.

Anyone interesting in registering to take part in the event can do so until 6pm on Friday 31st May by visiting www.TKAS.ie.

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