The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is a leisure cycle event, NOT A RACE. It is CRITICAL that you take your time so that you complete the cycle safely. Do not take any risks that put yourself or fellow cyclists in a potentially dangerous situation. Always show respect for your fellow cyclists and other road users and obey event stewards and officials AT ALL TIMES.
Please note the course is not a fully road closed event. We work closely with An Garda Siochana to provide extensive traffic management along the way, reducing the volume of traffic along the course creating buffers between cyclists and vehicles ensuring that you have a safe an enjoyable ride.
Sweep Vehicles: A number of sweep vehicles will be following the cycle to ensure that any cyclist who has difficulty completing is given assistance.
Mechanical Support: It is highly recommended to have your bike checked by a bicycle mechanic before hopping on your bike to enjoy the 2017 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle. We strongly recommend that you come prepared, and we advise all participants to carry a pump, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and a couple of spare inner tubes with you. This is crucial to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable day.
Medical Support & First Aid: Our Medical team is supported by Medical Professionals, The Civil Defence, Irish Red Cross and Order of Malta who provide first aid and medical care in both static and mobile units along the route.
First Aiders will be located at every feed station, other static locations and at the Finish.
Please refer to the route map above.
If you wish to retire at any point during the event, please approach an Event Official or one of our medical team. Should participants NOT be allowed to continue for medical reasons or require hospital treatment, Event Control will be notified. If you see another participant who is experiencing difficulty on the route and needs assistance, please report it to the nearest Event Official or one of the medical team, stating their bike tag number if possible.
IMPORTANT: Please give way, stop and pull off the road for any emergency vehicles that require access on the route. If you are at the side of the road and need to stop a motorcycle marshal for any reason, please stand clear of the road facing oncoming participants, and raise your right hand, clearly indicating that you need assistance. When doing this, please make sure your hand is raised in enough time to allow for the motorcycle marshal to see you and stop safely. Whether or not you have a medical condition, if you feel unwell on the event day we strongly recommend that you do not cycle. The organizers reserve the right to prevent participation on the day due to medical grounds. We hope your training has gone well, but would like to remind you that if you have recently had a cold or have been ill it is important to seek medical advice prior to the event. Also, if your training has not gone to plan we ask you to give serious consideration to your ability to undertake the event. Please ensure you add the Event Emergency Numbers (Medical & Mechanical) to your phone.
An Garda Siochana: Gardaí are deployed throughout the event course to assist with road closures, monitoring the event flow and traffic flow, and ensuring the safety of cyclists and the non-event community. Ensure you follow the directions of Gardaí during your cycle.
Stewards: Look out for the friendly and knowledgeable stewards at key junctions and turns who are there to make sure that you are always on target to successfully complete your cycle. Note that the volunteer stewards are not permitted to direct traffic, so take care at intersections and roundabouts.
Cycle Marshals: Throughout the group there will be cycle marshals who will ensure rules of the road are adhered to. Please obey any instructions given by the Cycle Marshals. They will have Red coloured bike tags and an Official Cycle Marshal Jersey.
The following rules apply to ALL cyclists at ALL times to ensure the safety of ALL road users throughout the event:-
- Obey all traffic signals and signs at all times.
- Follow the directions of An Garda SIochana and Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Stewards at all times.
- Activate hand and voice signals when changing your direction
- Do not ride more than two abreast unless overtaking other riders.
- Keep left unless overtaking at all times.
- NO overtaking on descending corners.
- On all downhill sections of the course, reduce your speed and take your time.
- Overtaking is only permitted on the right hand side of the cyclist being passed. DON’T PASS ON THE INSIDE.
- Please be mindful and considerate of each other
- THINK SAFTEY AT ALL TIMES AND REMEMBER THE ROAD IS NOT CLOSED.
Please adopt safe, courteous cycling at all times by following these basic principles:
- Enjoy the cycle
- Challenge yourself
- All rules of the road apply and must be adhered to
- Wear your helmet
- Remember to cycle on the left at all times
- Be aware of weather conditions and dress appropriately
- Walk on the left in single file if you have dismounted
- Follow the directions of ROKCC stewards, Marshalls, and Gardai, and follow the route as marked.
- If you hear a siren or see blue lights, immediately cycle single file as close to the left verge as is safe to do so • Obey the Cycle Marshals – If they give you an instruction then follow it. It will be for your own safety. Marshals will take note of participants who ignore these instructions. • Follow signage and directions. Only travel in the direction of the Event – Never go against the flow. It is extremely dangerous to other cyclists. For example, if a friend has a mechanical problem, wait at the side of the road and have them walk to you if they need your assistance.
- Call ‘passing’ when you are overtaking a fellow cyclist
- Signal and call when you are stopping and move to the left hand side of the road
- Eat and drink regularly – your body needs constant fuel
- Take your space on the road keeping clear of the edge
- Be considerate of local residents –
- Drop litter – respect your surroundings
- Behave in a manner that may offend or endanger others
- Impede traffic flow
- Ride in large groups in the middle of the road
- Cycle more than two abreast
- Pass on the left of a cyclist
Respect your fellow cyclists: Be aware that the ability and bike handling skills of those taking part will vary. If you are a slower cyclist and you find yourself being passed, then please try to stick to the left hand side and allow faster cyclists to pass on the right. Conversely, if you find yourself behind a slower cyclist, a polite “Left/Right/Inside” should do the trick. Aggression and rude behavior will not be tolerated.
Cycle Route Directional Signage & Safety First
At strategic locations along the cycle, directional signage will indicate the route you are to follow, indicating where care is required and where safety is your FIRST PRIORITY.
Your safety and well-being during the cycle is paramount, and as such, we have a medical plan in place to support any incident that may occur during the event. Our medical plan includes the following resources:
- 3 Medical Stations alongside the Food Stations
- 14 First Aid Points
- 20 Ambulances along the route supported by the Voluntary Emergency services
- Numerous on-course support vehicles will be constantly en-route in the event of an incident
- 15 Motorcyclists on course
- 60 Cycle Marshals
- The sweeps and medical teams have full communication with the Event Command Centre (ECC).
- 8 Bike Repair Stations along the route to to support you in case of mechanical failure. In addition, there will be mobile mechanics along the route for any emergency mechanical issues. We strongly recommend that you have your bike serviced prior to the event.