Date: Saturday 30th July 2016
Entries open: 7th June
Closing Date: Friday 8th July (unless previously full)
Difficulty/Climbing (from * to *****) *****
Organiser: John McElligott
E-Mail: johngmcelligott at gmail dot com
Address: Oakfield Lodge, Killowen, Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Entry fee: €12 (€14 for non CI/IVCA members, to include 1-day Licence), plus €5 each on the day for optional ACP and/or Audax Ireland Medal if required.
or cheque payable to John McElligott to the above address.
The route is available as a permanent any time of the year at a cost of €5.
PLEASE NOTE: Limited to 25 places max – No Exceptions !
Start/Finish: start and finish have been changed and the event will now begin and end at the car park on Railway Road in Kenmare (across from Catholic Church next to town square). There are ladies and gents toilets in the car park.
Please do not mount your bikes on the roof as their are barriers entering and leaving the car park.
There are a lot of accommodation, food and drink options in Kenmare and it is well worth staying in the area.
Start Time: 8.00am
Download Standard Entry Form: Audax Entry Form-New
Facilities: Two manned controls with water/soft drinks and plenty of sweet and savoury snacks at 69km (car park before Killorglin) and 146km (Ballaghisheen Pass).
Route Map: ridewithgps.com/routes/11612185
A challenging 200km with a significant amount of climbing and descending on some of the quietest and most spectacular roads that Kerry has to offer.
The ride begins in Kenmare taking a side road out of town toward the first of twelve climbs. The Rossacousane climb (4.5k @ 4.5%) comes after 6km. At the top you descend in the Sneem direction prior to taking a right turn for the seldom travelled road to Lough Brin – stunning views. Second climb of the day is slightly tougher and the descent into the Black Valley is steep, narrow and full of sheep. Take extreme care.
Through the Black Valley and over Derrycarna and down to the Gap and Kate Kearneys cottage. This years route takes a different route to Killorglin by heading around the base of Carrauntouhil before heading into the first control outside Killorglin.
From there you head around Caragh Lake and into Glenbeigh with a stunning and vicious climb at Rossbeigh beach.
The next 40 km are the easiest of the route with great views of the Dingle peninsula. From there the climbing re commences past the famous Mick Murphys shack and into Ballaghisheen and Ballaghbeama – two tough climbs with very technical and steep descents.
Back roads to Molls Gap before a gentle descent back to Kenmare.
The route is brutally tough, but is absolutely stunning. Rode it at the weekend, and for much of the route we met only a tiny amount of cars on the road.