Christmas Hamper Ride 11th Dec 2016

Killorglin Cycling Club Christmas Hamper Rides

Registration and sign-on will take place at Killorglin Sport and Leisure Centre from 8:45 am until 9:45am with the event getting underway just before 10:00am. The sign-on fee is €15 for Cycling Ireland licence holders or €17 for non-members of Cycling Ireland

While the year might be drawing to a close for most people it is somewhat different for the hardy boys and girls that ride their bike for sport and for fun. Winter, they tell me, is the time to build the base of fitness for a productive season in the New Year.
Well if you are one of that hardy bunch there is news for you. The annual Killorglin Cycling Club Hamper Rides will take place again on Sunday morning the 11th of December. Registration and sign-on will take place at Killorglin Sport and Leisure Centre from 8:45 am until 9:45am with the event getting underway just before 10:00am. The sign-on fee is €15 for Cycling Ireland licence holders or €17 for non-members of Cycling Ireland. The price includes hot food on your return to Killorglin. Hot showers and changing faculties are available at Killorglin Sports and Leisure Centre when the riders return to Killorglin.

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There are two routes to choose from. The first is a pleasant spin on a relatively flat course of 50km from Killorglin to Killarney, then on to Farrenfore, Firies, Castlemaine and Milltown before finishing in Killorglin. The second route is a more testing 75km spin that follows the first route as far as Farrenfore but there it continues towards Tralee before turning off for Farmers Bridge and up the hill to the main Tralee to Killorglin road. From there it is a straight run back to Puck via Castlemaine and Milltown.
Both events are run at a controlled pace, behind a lead car, for about two thirds of the route. The pace is dependant of the conditions but the aim is to keep the group as intact as possible before the control is released. The control on the 75km spin is released at the bottom of the climb at Farmers Bridge and it is everyone for themselves from there home. The control on the shorter route is released just after Firies village and again the gallop is on from there. U16 if they wish can compete in the 50km route & will be entitled to a prize, no U16 is to ride the 75km on the day.

The Killorglin Cycling Club Hamper Rides are largely a fun event allowing for cyclists to have an enjoyable spin with their fellow cyclists while allowing the more competitive riders the opportunity to have a bit of a lung-opener. While not a race there are a variety of hampers and prizes on offer. The first three riders home from the 75km spin have first choice of the hampers on display and the first rider home from the short route is next in line. After that the remaining prizes are drawn from a hat on the basis of the sign-on number.
The event has grown substantially over the last few years and is renown as one of the most sociable days out for cyclists in the county. Everyone is welcome to the Killorglin Cycling Club Hamper Rides.

Killorglin Cycling Club are looking forward to seeing all types of cyclist on the day, this is a fun & enjoyable day out run as a fun day out for everyone to enjoy, see you all on the 11th Dec.

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