National Hill Climb Championships 2015 took place on the 3rd of October. Organised very well by the Valley Wheelers Cycling Club of Ballingeary, in Co. Cork. It was a tough circuit of over 6 KM starting with the first half of fast rolling countryside but ending with a steep climb of over 2 KM to the finish line. Over 50 riders took part and the club were fortunate to get some podium places for their own members. It was a great day out and hope all enjoyed themselves.
Should be possible to spot yourself in the video. My Neil rode the circuit before hand with the camera to get some riding shots.
Wild Atlantic Challenge event organised by the Lehanmore Community Centre was a tough task. Ride 120KM from Lehanmore across tough roads to Cronin’s yard. Where other people would join the cyclists to climb Carrauntoohil. The highest mountain in Ireland at 1039 meters. Participants had the chance to do both or one of the challenges.
Breakfast was served at six am and then 20 cyclists set off on the tough cycle, with 1300meters of height gain to get them to Cronin’s yard. On the way breakfast was supplied by Supervalu of Kenmare, thanks. Arriving at Cronin’s for about 1PM the cyclists met up with the walkers and in all about 40 people walked up and down the hill in between four and six hours.
Money was raised for Kerry Mountain Rescue and Lehanmore Community centre. Lots of laughs were had during and after the BBQ supplied by the Kerry Mountain Rescue team.
A great event and if it happens again should not be missed. Many thanks to the organisers.
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Wild Atlantic Challenge
PJ and Mathew on the top
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Lehanmore Triathlon was such a cool event, that was held in such a great friendly family atmosphere. The last of the events to be held at the Lehanmore festival after a few days of activities. The way the participants performed was absolutely brilliant and great fun was had by all. I think the only drugs involved were the pints drank afterwards by the few competitors of an age old enough to consume a pint…
The race covered a route on the Wild Atlantic Way very close to the famous Dursey Island and its cable car. I am sure even Sonia O’Sullivan would have enjoyed this “ParkTri” type event and should sign up for the second one coming up in 2016
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