The first ever Ride Dingle took place at the weekend despite the efforts to disrupt it by Storm Hannah.
The event was postponed a day but that did not put off any of the 1,400 cyclists who took on either the 55 or the 120-kilometre routes that took in Slea Head and the Conor Pass.
The postponement was taken for safety reasons and the whole community dug in to make sure that everything could proceed the following day.
Among those taking part were cyclists who had come from as far afield as Australia, the Cayman Islands and Japan to be part of the event.
The event has taken place at a local level for a number of years but this year they decided to go bigger and brought in Elite Event Management and to broaden the international appeal.
Local schools and clubs benefitted from the event by hosting the food stops along the route in Ballyferriter, Dingle and Camp. They each received a donation for their time and effort with money also raised for the Camphill Community who work with people with intellectual disabilities and other special needs.
“We were delighted to put on a cycle in such a unique, spectacular location,” said Oliver Kirwan of Elite Event Management.
“We’ve been working with Dingle Cycling Club to bring this event to fruition and we are delighted to say that it has been a great success and will return again in 2020.”
“The event has been really well supported locally so we would like to thank the businesses and volunteers for their time. We didn’t want to cancel the event because of the weather so it was great to see so many people and local businesses getting behind the transfer to Sunday.”
“There are lots of local charities, schools and clubs that benefit from the proceeds of the event and it’s great to see something going back to the local community in addition to the business generated over the weekend.”
“We’ve been running this cycle for many years and everyone who has ever done it agrees it is one of the best routes in Ireland,” added Paudie Fitzgerald, president of the Dingle Cycling Club.
“We know the potential for it and we wanted to share that with as many people as possible. It was fantastic to see so many groups and individuals out there today enjoy the whole route and indeed the festivities back in Dingle after. We’ll be looking forward to next year.”