Important Information

Ring of Kerry Cycle timetable 2017

On behalf of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Committee and events team we look forward to welcoming you to the 34th annual cycle on July 1st 2017.

This years annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle taking place on Saturday July 1st is set to be a fantastic event, as challenging as it is picturesque. Thank you for supporting the event which will provide vital funding for so many charities in the coming year. We think you will agree that the months and weeks of training and fundraising you have given are justified, because you’ll know your efforts will help improve the lives of so many people and communities.

Everything you need to know about the event is covered here, so please follow through on the links below and read these important instructions carefully.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date on our latest news

We would like to take this opportunity to thank An Garda Siochana, Kerry County Council, and other agencies and organisations who have provided invaluable support and advice with the planning of the event.

A huge thank you must also be extended to the local residents, communities and businesses along the route for their support and cooperation; and a special mention to the many individuals, charities and organizations who volunteer over the event weekend for their invaluable support.

Further thanks goes to our beneficiary charities and our sponsors: Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, Liam Lynch Skoda, The Kerryman, Failte Ireland,

We would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable time with your final couple of weeks of preparation and training. See you all at Registration on Friday 30th of June,

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is an iconic charity event and a great day out. Enjoy the experience, stay safe and see you at the finish line.

Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Committee

Friday June 30th

14.00 – 22.00: Registration & Expo for all participants at the Event Hub, Beech Road Car park, Killarney, Co. Kerry.

Saturday July 1st

06.00: Start of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle is beside the Event Hub at Mission Road, Killarney. Please note that all participants should be at the start area 15 minutes before their start wave time.

Medals will be given to everyone once they dismount after the finish line.

Friday June 30th

Expo
Also located in the Event Hub beside the registration zone is the Expo. Here you can browse through the latest cycling gear and apparel, or have a coffee and chat with the charities involved in this year’s cycle.

Some of the cycling world’s best known brands will be there so give yourself enough time before or after sign-on to have a good look around.

Registration
All participants MUST attend one of the 2 options for Registration.

  1. All Charities will have registration days/evening from June 13th. These will be advertised and promoted by the charity you have selected to cycle for. OR
  2. Pre-event registration between 14.00-22.00 on Friday 30 June at the Event Hub at Beech Road Carpark, Killarney.

During the registration process, you will be required to show your confirmation email with QR code and show a form of photo ID in order to receive your event pack.

Please note: The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle operates a strict no refunds policy, as per the registration terms and conditions. Any requests for a deferment of places to next year’s event cannot be accommodated.

Participants who cannot attend sign-on
If you are unable to attend Registration and wish to send a friend or relative to collect your bike tag on your behalf, they must bring a form of photo ID for themselves as well as a signed letter of authorisation from you confirming that they can collect your event pack and a copy of your photo ID.

ROKCC 2017 Official Jersey
If you have ordered a ROKCC jersey, it should have been posted out to you. If you ordered after the 18th of June you can collect your jersey from the merchandise stand at the Event Hub during registration on Friday 30th June, please remember to take a copy of your order confirmation with you. Cycle jerseys will also be for sale during the event weekend, subject to stock availability.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Each participant will receive the following:

  • Bike Tag – which must be attached to the FRONT of your bike (using the cable ties provided). Your number should be clearly visible at all times.  This tag also includes the contact numbers you can call in the case of an emergency.
  • Wristband – You will need to wear this throughout the cycle, as this will give you access to the Food Stations along the route

Parking
Parking is available at the following locations for Registration at the Event Hub on Friday 30th June and for the Start, Finish and After Party on Saturday 1st July. Please also note the road closures in place on the event morning and plan your journey carefully.

Friday June 30th and Saturday July 1st

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

 Saturday July 1st free parking for cyclists:

  • Coming from Killorglin / Mid Kerry / South Kerry roads will be directed to the old Rugby Club field off Bypass Road
  • Coming from Tralee road / North Kerry / Limerick roads will be directed to O’Shea’s 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.

Info Point
An Info Point will be located in the Event Hub during Registration on Friday, and on Saturday for the duration of the event. Please note this is for information and last minute queries only, NOT late registrations.

Ring of Kerry Cycle car parking

Throughout the cycle route there food stations and support, however it is highly recommended that you bring the following:

  • Make sure that your bike is in PERFECT working order – road bikes are preferable, but mountain and hybrid touring bikes are acceptable.
  • Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Bike Tag is affixed, with the cable ties provided, to the front of your bike
  • Helmet – the wearing of hard shell helmets conforming to CE standard EN1078 is mandatory and must be worn at all times when cycling
  • Appropriate cycle clothing and footwear
  • Water bottle(s)
  • Basic bike repair kit that includes: 3 inner tubes; puncture repair kit; tyre levers; multi-tool with chain splitter
  • Mobile phone

Other items we recommend that you carry:

  • waterproof jacket
  • sun screen
  • sun glasses

Please be aware that weather conditions can change and you should bring appropriate clothing to keep warm in any adverse weather.

On event day please ensure you arrive early to allow plenty of time for parking as the area around the Event Hub and the Start will be very busy.

  • Please also note the road closures in place on the event morning and plan your journey carefully.
  • Please follow signs and marshal directions to guide you to your start holding area and the Start line.
  • We recommend car sharing or cycling to the Start if you are staying locally, to help reduce congestion on the day.
  • Please note that all participants should be at the start area 15 minutes before their start wave time.
Ring of Kerry Cycle route map

Please note that the cycle is not on a complete closed route – the roads are NOT CLOSED but open to ALL TRAFFIC. We will do our very best to ensure that traffic is aware of the event but we cannot guarantee cars, trucks and other modes of transport on the course will adhere to the traffic conditions on the day.

Please keep to the left hand side of the road at all times as it might be necessary for emergency and official event vehicles to travel along the route in either direction.

There are some sections of the route where temporary road closures will apply, more information on road closures is on the ROKCC website.

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:

Do:

  • 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 –

Don’t

  • 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.

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle After Party will be bursting with fun for all the family. The party will have something for everyone.

Live DJ & Band | Skoda Massage Tent | Bar and Chill zone
Kids zone |Food stalls | Free bike parking

To celebrate your accomplishment – you will receive a Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle medal after crossing the finish line.

The Skoda Massage Tent will be available at the Event Hub on event day to provide massage therapy to all riders. Post-event massage aids recovery, boosts circulation, removes lactic acid and promotes relaxation. You’ll definitely deserve it after180km of cycling!

Official photos will be taken courtesy of Killarney Camera Club. They will at the finish line to capture your moment of achievement. Participants will be able to view and download their after the event. Check their website from July 15th https://killarneycameraclub.ie

Please hand any items found to the Info Point at the Event Hub. Please email office@ringofkerrycycle.ie to register any lost items, giving as much detail as you can about the item and where it may have been lost.

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle now in its 34th 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.

  1. This year the route will be signposted with direction arrows and there will be distance indicator signs every 5kms.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Please indicate your intentions when you are stopping or overtaking.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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

Without them it would not happen – Our Volunteers

There will be more 1400 volunteers supporting the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle throughout the weekend, everyone gives their time to ensure your day is safe and enjoyable. Please communicate any issues or support needs to a volunteer in an amicable manner and they will do all they can to assist you.

Please remember that volunteers help to make the event happen; if not for our volunteers kindly donating their time and services you simply would not have the opportunity to participate at all. For this reason we encourage you to THANK them whenever you have the opportunity. Please take the time to do this.

Don’t forget to say thank you!

Sponsors and Supporters
We have many valued sponsors and we would like to take the opportunity to thank them all for their wonderful support.

The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle Committee