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