On Saturday, over 2,500 cyclists participated in Ride Dingle’s annual 55km and 120km cycles, which took them through the stunning Dingle Peninsula. Despite the rain and winds from the Atlantic, cyclists enjoyed the scenic views of iconic Irish landmarks such as Skellig Michael, the Blasket Islands, Conor Pass, Slea Head, and Dingle’s historical fishing port. Cyclists were also treated to refreshments and shelter at food stops and Paul Geaney’s Bar at the finish line. Ride Dingle partnered with Dingle Peninsula Tourism to promote cycle tourism and support local suppliers, producers, and accommodation providers. The event also raised €30,000 for local charities last year and is proud to make a significant annual contribution.
This year’s event welcomed former Mayor of West Springfield, Ed Sullivan, who cycled with friends and family to celebrate Dingle’s long-standing ties with Springfield, Massachusetts, and the relocation of residents from Dingle and the Blasket Islands. For the second year in a row, participants could complete the event on an electric bike, making Ride Dingle accessible to a wider audience of varying abilities and fitness levels. Oliver Kirwan from Elite Event Management expressed his excitement to return to West Kerry for Ride Dingle and thanked Dingle Cycling Club and the volunteers and marshals who ensured the smooth delivery of the event.
Ride Dingle is also grateful to Cono Sur Bicicleta Wines for sponsoring the event this year. The company, which is B-Corp certified and prioritizes eco-friendly practices in its wine production, believes that sustainability is key to creating a better future for all. Organizers Elite Event Management and Dingle Cycling Club are already looking forward to staging Ride Dingle again next year on Saturday, April 6th, 2024. Overall, the event provides an excellent opportunity to promote tourism, showcase the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way, and support the local community.