This established 200 km cycle takes in some of the most spectacular climbs and roads in South Kerry.
Fancy a challenge?, want to test your climbing legs?. The roads of South Kerry have been ridden by all the great Irish cycle races, The Nissan Classic, Rás Tailteann, and the Tour of Ireland. On Sat 15th July you will have the opportunity to ride some of the classic Kerry ascents used by these events.
There are two routes to choose from, the full 200KM route which takes in the main climbs of South Kerry, and a scenic trek around Valentia Island. The 130KM version is the same as the 200KM route without the loop of Valentia. Sign on starts at 7am until 08:20 am at the Waterville gaa clubhouse , there will be a massed start rollout at 08:30. Food Stop @ 65k & 130k. Pace will be controlled until the food stop @25-27k/h
Please Note: The 200km route is tough & challenging and should only be undertaken with suitable fitness.
Showering facilities will be available in the Waterville Gaa Club house which is 1km from the village on the shores of Loch Currane. Broom wagons will leave Waterville at ten am (one hour after sign on closes). All cyclists are advised to get the emergency brake down and broom wagon numbers at sign in.
Feed stations for the 200km and 130 route will be at the 63km mark after cyclists exit the Black Valley. The 200km will have a second feed station in Waterville (130km).
Routes will be marked with arrows and way markers on the road. The 200km and the 130 route are the same course. Cyclists leave Waterville heading for Cahersiveen. Three km from Waterville at the Church.
The cyclists bear right for Glencar, The Gap of Dunloe, Black Vally Molls Gap Sneem, The Coomaciste pass. On returning to Waterville the 130 km route ends, the 200 route heads towards Cahersiveen.
At the Creamery cross (140km) Cyclists turn right for Valentia. After rounding the island cyclists return to Portmagee and head for The Coomenaspig climb. Hairpins on the decent of Coomenaspig need to be taken cautiously (170km). Only one gradual Cat two climb remains for cyclists on the return to Waterville.
Route caution notes for the 130km & 200km are available in PDF format << click here >>
Make sure you plan well for the day. Have an idea of the weather and kit out accordingly. Familiarise yourself with the route. Eat a good carb loaded dinner the evening before the event. On the morning eat a good breakfast of maybe porridge, tea and toast. On the way to the event then maybe try to take on some more fluids but make sure to stop drinking around 1hour before the off. (Nothing as annoying as having to leave your group for the call of nature, a half hour in to spin).
Make sure your bike is well maintained and you have a couple of spare tubes, pump etc. Arrive in plenty of time to allow for sign on etc. Make sure to have enough fluid and food. I’ve tried a few different drinks and I now use a zero tablet in my first bottle and high-5 in the second one. For food I like to use flahavans flapjacks and bananas (I have done up to 300kms on this food and drink combination and it’s worked fine).
The secret is to eat and drink little and often and always before you’re hungry or thirsty. A lot of bars promise the known earth and can be expensive. A box of 6 flapjacks by contrast are around €3 in tesco. But do try different combinations while you’re out training to see what works for you.. Do not try any new food or drink on the day, this can really mess up your spin if you react with a bad tummy or whatever. Most sportives have excellent food stops so it’s possible to stock up especially on bananas for the rest of the sportive.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT CIARAN MURPHY 0873150556 (IVERAGH200@GMAIL.COM)