THE ROUTES

The “Beara 160k” is regarded as one of the “Most Challenging Sportives” on the Irish cycling calendar. With over 2,600 metres of climbing this will challenge the most hardened of cyclists!

The route starts out from Glengarriff with a climb over the Caha Pass, through a series of beautiful hand hewn rock tunnels across the border into the Kingdom of Kerry.

Following an easy descent to Kenmare, riders turn left onto the R571 in the direction of the Beara Peninsula along the shoreline of the Kenmare Bay. Riders continue into Lauragh before climbing the Healy Pass for the first time, crossing back over into the Rebel County of Cork. The descent from the Healy Pass requires care and attention with many sharp and hairpin corners to negotiate. A welcome food/refreshment stop awaits riders at the bottom of the first Healy pass descent.

The route continues on the R572 through the fishing port of Castletownbere and on to the village of Allihies, before climbing the significant rocky mountain pass between Allihies and Urhan known locally as “Reentrisk” or translated meaning “The Cods Head”.

The second foodstop on this challenging route is laid out in Eyeries, where riders prepare for the final leg of their journey back to HQ in Glengarriff. Continuing along the R571 through the village of Ardgroom and rolling into Lauragh, riders are guided to take a right turn onto the R574 to climb the Healy Pass for the second time, armed with the full knowledge of what lays ahead. The Healy Pass descent again needs care and attention before turning left at the bottom and back onto the R572 rolling back into Glengarriff.

Start Time:

160k Start Time: Assigned waves from 7:30 – 9 am

Glengarriff

The “Beara 120km” is a brand new route to challenge all cyclists whilst also showcasing the scenic Atlantic
landscape of Beara. Ideal for those looking for more of a challenge than the 85k but not up to the full 160k.

The route kicks off in the beautiful village of Glengarriff and heads west along the coast road with an early climb to Adrigole. The route there joins with the 85k and 160k routes.

Continuing along the Ring Of Beara, through the picturesque, coastal Castletownbere, onto the R572
mountain route.

Next up is a scenic journey overlooking the sea and Allihies beach before a steep descent to
Ardgroom through gritty rocker and winding terrain along the R572, with an oceanic view of the sea. Main foodstop will be in Eyeries.
The Healy Pass descent will require care and attention before turning left at the bottom and back
onto the R572 rolling back into Glengarriff to relax and celebrate with your fellow participants

Start Time:

120k Start Time: Assigned waves from 7:30 to 9:30am

Glengarriff

The “Beara 85k” provides cyclists with a number of challenging climbs and is best suited to the experienced but lapsed cyclist or the eager to test and challenge themselves cyclist.

The route departs Adrigole along the R572  through the fishing port of Castletownbere and on to the village of Allihies, before climbing the significant rocky mountain pass between Allihies and Urhan known locally as “Reentrisk” or translated meaning “The Cods Head”.

The foodstop on this challenging route is laid out in Eyeries, where riders prepare for the final leg of their journey back to Adrigole.

Continuing along the R571 through the village of Ardgroom and rolling into Lauragh, riders are guided to take a right turn onto the R574 to climb the famous Healy Pass. The Healy Pass descent needs care and attention before making your final journey towards Adrigole.

On passing back over the border at the summit of the Healy Pass, riders descend back into the Rebel County of Cork and are treated to a 4 km descent of sharp hairpin bends with wonderful little stone walls and bridges hidden beneath.

Once out of the valley, riders are treated to some of the most spectacular views of the Beara Peninsula, which distracts from ill-feelings towards the previous climb.

At the base of the Healy Pass, riders head for Adrigole to recover and celebrate with your fellow cyclists.

Start Time:

85k Start Time: Assigned waves from 7:30 to 9:30 am

Adrigole

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