Ride Dingle is one of the most exciting events in the cycling calendar for 2023. Offering 55km and 120km routes taking in some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland this is one event that’s sure to be a sell-out. We headed down to Dingle to recce the new routes, and we were not disappointed, they are absolutely EPIC! 


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Ride Dingle: When and Where

The clue is in the name here, both the 55km and the 120km routes will start and finish in the picturesque town of Dingle in Co Kerry on 15 April 2023. The start time has been provisionally set for 8am.

Ride Dingle: The Routes

Both the 55km and the 120km options will start in Dingle town and take in some of the most jaw-dropping scenery that the Wild Atlantic Way has to offer.

The 55KM Route:

Total ascent: 730m


Leaving Dingle town, you will follow the road west to Ventry which hosts the famous Páidí Ó Sé’s Pub (a great spot for a post-ride pint after the event). After about 12km you will cycle the awe-inspiring Slea Head, the most western point of Ireland, which provides a nice warm up for the legs as it doesn’t feature any major climbs.  Although do be warned that on a windy day it can provide quite the challenge as there is no protection from the elements!!

The 55km route will have a food stop in the pretty village of Ballyferriter which will give you a chance to stretch the legs and fuel up before the final climb of the day which is followed by a relaxed 6km descent back into Dingle where you will receive your finisher’s medal.

The 120km Route:

Total ascent: 1695m


The 120km route will depart from Dingle, taking in the same route as above around Slea Head for the first 55km. The challenge really kicks up a gear when you ride back through Dingle and off to tackle the mighty Conor Pass, which is Ireland’s highest mountain pass. The 5km climb will leave your legs begging for mercy but fear not, all of your efforts will be rewarded with epic views across Brandon Bay followed by a technical, yet fun-filled descent all the way into Cloghane. From there you’ll hug the coastline along Brandon Bay until you reach the food stop at Camp.

From Camp, there is a good climb before the descent into Annascaul, the birthplace of famous polar explorer Tom Crean. A great road surface on the new road into Lispole will be a welcome break before you hit a handy rolling 10km which will take you right back to the finish line in Dingle.

Ride Dingle: How much does it cost?

The 55km route will cost €55 and the 120km will cost €75. There will be road closures across the route, these will be confirmed to participants in the run-up to the race.

Anyone wishing to undertake the event who is not a member of Cycling Ireland must take out insurance for the event as part of the booking process.


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