Peak performance in the reeks
You normally don't need a reason to cycle the scenic Reeks region, but when that reason just happens to be a fund-raiser for Beaufort GAA Club and Killorglin Cycling Club, interest levels suddenly become that bit greater.
The sixth annual Ring of the Reeks Cycle was held on Saturday morning, attracting an enthusiastic group of cyclists - all doing their bit for their local club - and this year the numbers continued to rise.
It's not easy these days organising fund-raising cycles, as hardly a week passes without a cycle in some part of the county taking place. But a choice of routes ensured all levels of fitness were catered for on this occasion through The Ring of the Reeks Route (The Challenge 100km); The Ring of Caragh Lake Route (Scenic Loop 60km); The Ring of Beaufort Route (35km); and The Green Road Route (5km).
"Numbers were up on last year, which is phenomenal considering there are so many cycles taking place now. We had a lot of online interest and advertising this year which probably resulted in higher numbers," said Ring of the Reeks Cycle PRO Niamh Corcoran.
Save for a brief shower at Moll's Gap, the remainder of the day was kind to the cyclists, but they were happy to be finishing at Beaufort Community Centre, where there was tasty carbonara on the menu this year.
Niamh praised the organisational effort of the entire community, who she said rallied together to make sure the day was a success. The Blackwater Tavern and The Climber's Inn provided welcome water stops for cyclists along the route, as did the refreshment stop at Margaret O'Shea's.
"It's a vital fund-raiser for the club, and we're grateful to the volunteers. It's such a success every year because of the people who help us - everyone is there on the day to do their bit. The local businesses have also been very supportive," Niamh added.