This route is a Permanent only, which can be ridden on a date of your choice, by agreement with the Organiser.
Route Map: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28837969
Entry Fee: €5 by PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post payable to Audax Ireland, to:
Niall Diamond, 17 Sandyford Road, Dundrum, D16 H2A2.
Please remember to say which event and which rider you are paying for.
Organiser: Paul Gosney
Starting and finishing at Beaufort Bridge this is a challenging 200k featuring some of Kerrys toughest but most iconic climbs as well as taking in some of the Ring of Kerry.
It is 202km with 2,408 meters of climbing with a max gradient of 15%.
Leaving Beaufort, travel on the back roads to Killorglin. Leave the town on the Ring of Kerry road before turning left at Lough Caragh, you are now on back roads to Glencar heading towards the first big climb, Ballaghbeama at 45k. Once over this you descend towards Cahersiveen (a good place to refuel) before heading towards Portmagee and the steepest part of the ride, Coomanaspic which peaks at 15%. On to Waterville to climb Coomaciste, before descending towards Caherdaniel, and on to Sneem. Turning left the road rises for 20k until you reach Molls Gap, before you begin your descent into the black valley. This road is tricky if ridden in the dark, with some tight turns. The last climb is hard enough after a long day, peaking at 8%, but its downhill or flat for the last 16k back to Beaufort Bridge.
Please note that after leaving Killorglin at 16k you will be travelling through remote countryside and will not reach shops until Cahersiveen at 73k. There is the potential of some food at the climber’s inn in Glencar at 44k but this cannot be relied on. After this there will be ample opportunities to refuel at Portmagee, Caherdaniel and Sneem inside opening hours.
Ballaghbeama, Coomanaspic and the Gap of Dunloe are all challenging exposed climbs and are prone to bad weather, please dress accordingly !
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