Important Information

Ring of Kerry Cycle timetable 2016

In an effort to make your 2016 Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle as safe and as enjoyable as possible, please take time to read the following notices in relation to the logistics of the sign in, the cycle and the finish. 

Car Parking

Friday July 1st and Saturday July 2nd

• For cyclists registering on Friday and Supporters on Saturday (8am to 10pm) Cathedral Field, Port Rd.

Saturday July 2nd free parking for cyclists:

• Coming from Killorglin / Mid Kerry / South Kerry roads will be directed to Rugby Club Field off By Pass Road

• Coming from Tralee road / North Kerry / Limerick roads will be directed to O’Sheas Daffodil Field, on Tralee Road located 150 mtrs before the Cleeney Roundabout.

• Coming from Cork road, East Kerry, Mallow Roads will be directed to Lyne’s Circus Field at Hegarty’s Roundabout Park Road.

• Coming From Muckross Road / Kenmare will be directed to Ballycasheen School via Woodlawn.

Start/Finish Area

The Start and Finish Line location will again be at the New Street Car Park, Killarney Town Centre (behind the Town Hall).

Sign-in and Bike Tag Collections

Sign in will commence at 4pm Friday July 1st at the registration area at the Expo. Sign in will also be available from 6am on Saturday July 2nd before the cycle.

To facilitate a speedy sign in please read the following carefully: You have to have a printed copy of your acceptance slip.(Showing the email on your phone or any other form will not suffice). Your acceptance slip will be validated as you come through. If you received a sponsorship card you have to bring this also to “Sign On” along with any sponsorship monies you have collected to date. If you wish you will be afforded the opportunity to continue fundraising after the event, however, it is compulsory that you bring your sponsorship card and as aforementioned all monies collected so far to SIGN ON.

Please follow clearly laid out signs and direction from stewards. If you registered with one of the charities and have not yet collected your bike tag please follow the signs to your charity where you will be able to collect your Bike Tag.

Finish & Certificates

The official finish is in the New Street Carpark in Killarney. Please endeavour to SIGN HOME in the admin tent and collect your Certificate of Achievement.

Food

There are 2 food stops sponsored by LIDL – one in Caherciveen and one in Kenmare. Both will be signposted. There will also be food and water available along the route. Nature Valley are supplying free Nature Valley Bars – please be advised that these contain nuts.

Promotional Footage

We would like to advise that promotional footage will be filmed on the weekend of the event. Please be aware that you have signed up to a public event where official photography and filming will take place. Irish TV will also be doing a 2 hour live broadcast which will feature clips along the route as well as the finish line.

Safety Guidelines for entrants to the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle now in its 33rd year, is the biggest one day charity fundraising event in Munster, attracting thousands of leisure cyclists who will experience a fun and rewarding day’s cycling, completing 112 miles of the spectacular Ring of Kerry, while at the same time fundraising for worthy Kerry based Charities.

The organisers want to ensure that each and everyone participating or helping out has a most enjoyable day. With this in mind we would ask you to read carefully the important information detailed below.

1. Starting point is Mission Road, Killarney which will be clearly signposted on all approach routes. PLEASE NOTE: This year all cyclists have been assigned Wave Starting Times. These Waves are arranged to coincide with the various Road Closures that are in place, safety considerations and to prevent overcrowding and delays along the route and at our Food Stations. Please help us run another successful day by co-operating with this request.The emergency numbers will be in operation from 6.00am until 9.00pm on the day and are as follows:

Medical Emergencies – 064 663 4909
Mechanical Helpline – 087 144 0054
These will be printed on your bike tag.

2. This year the route will be signposted with direction arrows and there will be distance indicator signs every 5kms.

3. Cyclists MUST stay inside the middle white line and be mindful of other road-users at all times. In certain areas where informed, the road may be closed entirely to approaching traffic during specific periods only. However where road closures end, cyclists must strictly stay inside the central white line. Cyclists should note that a road closure in a particular area does not prohibit the presence on the road of emergency vehicles (HSE, Gardai, Fire Bridgade etc) or other vehicles authorised by the emergency services to be present along the closed road and cyclists must exercise due care and caution at all times. Please obey signage, fixed stewards, cycling stewards who are clearly marked within the group and Gardai at all times.

4. Cyclists are asked to be careful during dismounting and parking their bike in allocated stops along the route and ensure the free flow of cyclists and other road users is not endangered or restricted.

5. Please indicate your intentions when you are stopping or overtaking.

6. You are asked to note that various safety and information signage will be erected along the route for your assistance and safety, please take note.

7. Participants should note that the route involves steep ascents and descents in areas and due care should be exercised in your position and speed for your own safety and the safety of others in your vicinity in those areas particularly and indeed along the entire route overall. The event is a charity leisure cycle and not a race.

8. Helmets must be worn by all cyclists. Please obey Stewards and Gardai and at all times and obey the rules of the road. Be mindful of your own safety and that of others.

9. The use of earphones on the day is highly dangerous so in the interest of the safety of yourself and others please do not use them.

Cycling Ireland Rules & Guidelines

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is being promoted under the auspices of Cycling Ireland and all entrants must adhere to the following guidelines from their Safety Code:

  • Have a bicycle that is in good working order
  • Wear a hard shell cycling helmet
  • Be mindful of the need to act in a manner that takes account of their own safety and the safety of others
  • Ensure their fitness level is appropriate given the nature of the event
  • Ensure their nutritional requirements can be met
  • Be conversant with and obey the rules of the road at all times
  • Familiarise themselves with the event route
  • ‘Sign–on’ for the event
  • Be aware that marshals are not empowered to stop traffic

You must read the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and Cycling Ireland Guidelines before entering and you will have to accept them during the entry process

Thank you

On behalf of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Committee and the 10 beneficiaries of the 2016 event we would like to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly on making the cycle such a special and safe occasion. This is a completely voluntary managed and operated event and without the volunteers it would not be possible.

Happy & Safe Cycling
Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Committee