Get your butt in gear for the Kingdom Alliance Sportive, Tralee – June Bank Holiday.

PEDAL pushers from around the world are getting their asses in gear for the Kingdom Alliance Sportive, a spectacular new cycling event to be staged in Tralee, Co Kerry from 1-3 June 2013.

It will be the biggest leisure cycling event in Ireland this year and both leisure and competitive cyclists who are interested in taking part should enter before 1st February to avail of the lower introductory rates of €30 for one stage, €55 for two and €70 for all three stages.

Starting and finishing in Tralee each day, cyclists will enjoy the breath-taking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, the McGillicuddy Reeks in Killarney and the enchantment of North and East Kerry during three challenging 100 mile circuits.

Dick McElligott, Secretary/PRO of Tralee Cycling Club, the host club for the ‘cyclosportive’, said: “Lead cars will take the ‘Racers’ out ahead of the casual cyclists to make it safer and more enjoyable for people of varying fitness levels. Leisure cyclists will be challenged by the distance to be travelled, while the competitive cyclists can strive to cover the course as quickly as possible. Each stage will start at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre with a long (c100 miles) and short (c50 miles) route. All riders will have the benefit of support vehicles and first aid if needed. Off the road, all participants will find ample accommodation in the town of Tralee for the weekend with secure storage for bicycles at the Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre.”

 

Stage one will see the cyclists head east to Castleisland, north to Tarbert via Abbeyfeale and Listowel, and then back to Tralee along the Shannon Estuary and Atlantic Coast via Ballybunion, Ballyduff, Ballyheigue and Ardfert.

 

After a good meal and night’s sleep in Tralee, the peloton will set off on the ‘Queen Stage’ south to Killarney via Farranfore, through Fossa, up the Gap of Dunloe, over Molls Gap and Ballaghbeama, towards Glencar, into Killorglin and back to Tralee via Castlemaine.

 
The final stage, to be held on the Bank Holiday Monday, will take what remains of the peloton west around the Dingle peninsula, passing through Blennerville and Camp, up the highest climb of the Tour at Conor Pass followed by a welcome descent into Dingle and towards the Slea Head Atlantic coastline.

 
The return route will bring riders through Annascaul and on to Inch Strand before climbing Sliabh Mish and descending back to Tralee where everyone who completes the three days will be presented with a momento of the first Kingdom Alliance Sportive.

 
Dick McElligott paid tribute to Tralee Cycling Club’s sponsors, Lee Strand and to the event partners, Tralee Chamber Alliance and The Kerryman newspaper, who were all instrumental in launching the Sportive.

 
“This is very much a tourism and sporting initiative with great potential to generate a major economic boost to Tralee and many other parts of Kerry. Anyone who enters before the end of January will secure the best value entry fee but the price will go up from the 1st of February,” he said.

 
A full list of bicycle suppliers and partner accommodation providers is available online along with full details about the event at www.TKAS.ie.

 
The Kingdom Alliance Sportive is open for registration and anyone who wants to learn more about the event can contact +353-66-710-5765, +353-87-637-0738 or email [email protected]