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CYCLE LAUNCH: The Reen and O’Leary families launched the seventh Sliabh Luachra Sportive in memory of Willie Reen and Paud O’Leary, along with club members.

By Sean Moriarty

Sliabh Luachra Cycling Club’s seventh annual Tour of Sliabh Luachra Sportive will remember two of the club’s most popular members.

Set for Sunday, June 30 participants can chose from three routes, 105k, 75k or a 20k family route, which covers the east side of Sliabh Luachra, in memory of club members Willie Reen and Paud O’Leary.

The event, which was previously known as the Tour of Sliabh Luachra,is traditionally seen as the perfect one for those in final preparations for the Ring of Kerry Cycle, which is scheduled for the following Saturday.

Paud O'Leary (42) was out training for the Ring of Kerry Cycle for the Down Syndrome Association when he was struck and fatally injured at Scrahan Fada, Gneeveguilla on July 1, 2012.

Willie Reen was a member of the well-known garage family in Rathmore whose family business Reen’s of Rathmore are long-time sponsors of the club’s sporting and competitive cycling teams. He died in June 2012 following an illness.

Sunday’s event will raise funds for the juvenile division of the club.

“This club was set-up in memory of Paud and my son Willie,” John Reen, Club President and sponsor, said. “We are trying to promote the junior side of things and bring on that side of it and funds will go towards their races and competitions.

“We have three fantastic routes on offer suitable for all abilities, and this year is our first year having a 20k family route,” added Club PRO Denise Wall. “It is a great day out on the bike.”

 

 

 

 

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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Additional Flat fixture for Killarney Races next week

Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10). This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October […]

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Horse Racing Ireland has announced there will be an additional Flat Meeting at Killarney next Monday (October 10).

This meeting will close for entries by 12 noon this Wednesday (October 5) with declarations to run to be made by 10am this Saturday (October 8).

The race programme details for this fixture are on the HRI RAS website www.hri.ie.

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