The Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle - which will this year run on Saturday July 2 - is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
However, this year numbers are limited to 8,000 cyclists for the first time.
Back in 1981 a small group of Killarney cyclists had an idea to cycle the Ring of Kerry to raise money for charity.
It has since grown to be Ireland's largest one day charity cycle event and has raised over €17 million for 160 charity and voluntary community organisations.
“Today the vision hasn’t changed but the enormity and success of the event has grown exponentially,” said event PRO Cathal Walshe.
“This fundraising event brings together thousands of cyclists making it a powerful and meaningful impact for people in need across our communities.”
The event has changed considerably since its foundation.
“We have come a long way from those early days when cyclists dusted off their push bikes, no helmets or lycra then, and you were doing well if you had a gear on your bike,” said Acting Chairman Tony Daly.
“Van loads of volunteers would follow and with buckets in hand they would collect up to €15,000 on the day.”
In the past over 10,000 participants took part in the 170km event. As a result of safety concerns this has been reduced to a maximum of 8,000 this year. The restricted numbers will also allow organisers to better manage event catering.
Also, there is a significant number of registered cyclists already on the books from the deferred 2020 and 2021 events.
“We know there will be pent up demand for this year’s cycle, so it will be a case of 'the early bird catches the worm’ so cyclists need to be on the ready when registration opens at 12 noon on Valentine’s Day!” Cathal said.
The six charities to benefit from this year’s Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle have been named.
Breakthrough Cancer Research and the Irish Community Air Ambulance are the two main beneficiary charities chosen this year.
Local charities are: Ard Chúram Dementia Centre Listowel; Banna Rescue C.R.B.I Unit; Cúnamh Iveragh Respite Home for adults with special needs and Down Syndrome Kerry.
“We hope we can raise a €1,000,000 for the nominated charities,” Tony said. “The cycling community of Kerry and beyond are so thrilled and so looking forward to coming back and feeling the energy and excitement of the day. It is always such a special time, perhaps best described as a carnival for cyclists and their families and the many volunteers who gather year after year to be part of this great day.”
The registration fee for 2022 is €100 plus a 3.5% service fee.
For more information or to register visit: www.ringofkerrycycle.ie.
How to boost your immune system with nutrition
By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability. While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, […]
By Tara Tangney from Activate Fitness
The immune system is precisely that — a system. To function well, it requires stability.
While there is no magic bullet for increasing immunity, there are ways to keep your immune system strong so that you are better prepared to fight off infections and heal quickly.
As long as your immune system is running smoothly, you don’t notice that it’s there, but if it stops working properly – because it’s weak or can’t fight particularly aggressive germs – you get ill.
Without an immune system, we would have no way to fight harmful things that enter our body from the outside or harmful changes that occur inside our body. Here are five ways to ensure you support a good immune system coming into the wintery months:
1. Eat More Vegetables
While all vegetables have health benefits, some pack a more powerful immune-boosting punch than others. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables are rich in fibre, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals. Vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach and tomatoes are rich in beta-carotene (vitamin A), which helps regulate the immune system and protect against infections.
2. Eat Balanced Meals
Include all macronutrients in your meals. Protein is particularly important for healing and recovery. Protein sources include leaner sources of meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, milk, beans, soy, nuts and seeds. These foods are also good sources of zinc, a mineral that promotes healthy immune function and aids in wound healing. Healthy fats are also essential to support our immune health. Try to include a variety of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your daily diet. These are found in avocados, fatty fish, olive oil, nuts, and seeds. These foods provide good fats but are also rich in phytonutrients and fat-soluble vitamins. For example, a small handful of nuts such as almonds is a great source of vitamin E. Wild-caught salmon is one of the only foods naturally rich in vitamin D. Fatty fish are also rich in essential fats called omega-3s, which are known for their multiple health benefits.
3. Regular Exercise
Exercise is one of the main aspects that support a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise promotes cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and offers protection against a variety of diseases. And just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to a healthy immune system, improves blood circulation allowing immune system cells to move through the body more freely and do their job more effectively.
4. Good Quality Sleep
Getting enough sleep has many health benefits. The lack of sleep puts your body into ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing adrenaline and increased stress hormones into the body. Research shows that in general, adults need at least seven hours of sleep for optimal health and well-being. As we sleep our immune system works to heal and repair the body. A few tips for getting a good night’s sleep include avoiding caffeine in the evenings, turning off your screens (TV, laptop, phones, etc.) well before bedtime and sleeping in a cool, dark room.
5. Manage Your Stress
You may not often think about how stress affects your ability to fight off infection, but your state of mind can have a significant impact on your health. When you are experiencing more stress, your immunity is compromised, which puts you at a higher risk of getting sick. Managing stress may help you fight germs and infections. Stress management techniques include breath work, meditation, yoga, moderate exercise, walking etc. Having a support system of close friends and family can also help us feel connected and stay strong throughout stressful times.
Although there is no magical potion for immunity, you can take these five steps to boost your immune system which is very important as we enter the colder and darker mornings of winter. Don’t underestimate your lifestyle’s impact on your ability to help keep your immune system strong. Good nutrition, quality sleep, and managing stress can all have a significant impact on your health. If you need help with your nutrition, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help you!
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 […]
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.
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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