The organisers of the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle have created a series of videos celebrating 35 years since the first ever Cycle and have now posted the second video in the series.
The second video in the Wheelin’ in the Years series focuses on the 90’s and some of the firsts from that decade, such as 1994 which was the first year the funds were split amongst multiple charities and 1995 which was the first year of the ROKCC Jersey. It also includes footage from 1992 when the organisers attempted a Guinness World Record for the longest line of cyclists.
The videos go through the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s years of the cycle which really showcase how the event began with a couple of lads daring each other to cycle the Ring for the craic, and then how gradually it grew into Ireland’s largest one day charity fundraising event today.
The story began in 1982 when a group from Killarney had an idea – to cycle the 175-kilometre ‘Ring of Kerry’ to raise money for charity and that first cycle had 46 entrants. Today, the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle brings together 10,000 participants each year, making it Ireland’s largest one-day charity event.
Over the past 35 years, almost €15 million for 150 charity organisations has been raised through the annual support of participating cyclists and volunteers.
The Cycle this year takes place on the 7th of July and the route which starts and finishes in Killarney passes through Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Caherciveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare.
You can find out more about the cycle on the website: https://www.ringofkerrycycle.ie/