Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin was in Dingle this week to celebrate the launch of the new ‘Ride Dingle’ cycling sportif.
Elite Event Management, the event organisers behind the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare as well as the Quest Adventure Series and other events, are staging this new event in conjunction with Dingle Cycling Club on April 27th 2019.
“The Dingle Peninsula is a wonderful, dramatic landscape and it will make a fantastic setting for this cycle event,: said Griffin.
“It’s great to see how popular cycling has become in Ireland in recent years and I have no doubt Ride Dingle will be over-subscribed like so many of the other cycle sportifs around the country.”
“It is great to know that the local communities and charity will also benefit. I’m hoping to get in training for it myself and to be back here on 27th April fighting fit to take on the challenges of Slea Head and Conor Pass. I’ll be putting a bit of training in first though.”
The new event has two routes of 55km or 120km to choose from, the longer route encapsulating Ireland’s legendary highest mountain pass, Conor Pass.
Dingle Cycling Club has run this event at a local level for many years. They are now partnering with Elite Events to grow the event and bring more people to the area.
“This cycle is on one of the most dramatic routes I’ve ever encountered,” said Race Director Oliver Kirwan.
“Because so much of it is on the coastline it’s a constant stream of photo-opportunities – but you’ll be much too busy pedalling to think about that. It’s an event that has a great reputation locally and we want to grow it so more people can access it and enjoy this unspoilt, challenging route that will keep you coming back for more.”