The Mick Dineen Cycle is a cycle in remembrance of Mick who was 40 when he died in a work accident in 2010. Mick was an avid cyclist and founding member of the Valley Wheelers Cycling Club. He was a great community man and also wrote poetry; his poems and recitations were published in 2011.
The annual event is a leisure cycle, consisting of two routes – 100km and 130km – through the picturesque scenery of West Cork and Kerry. It leaves the Gaeltacht village of Ballingeary and passes by the highest pub in Ireland, ‘The Top of Coom’, continuing through Kilgarvan to Kenmare. After Kenmare, the 100km route heads over the Caha Pass to Glengarriff, while the 130km route goes by the Beara Peninsula, over the Healy pass via Adrigole and on to Glengarriff. From there it heads for Ballylickey, Kealkil, over the Pass Of Céim an Fia and finishes in Ballingeary. The two routes can be viewed in detail here.
Each year there are a number of refreshment stops in Kenmare, Glengarriff and at Árd na Laoi in Ballingeary Village. The cycle is always fully supported with back-up vehicles and Red Cross. It goes with out saying all must wear helmets.
This year the event was on the 6th August 2017 and set out as usual from the GAA pitch in Ballingeary.
If you have any questions or queries about the Mick Dineen Cycle events please contact Tadgh Dineen on 086-0866668.
Below are some photos and videos of the event including those archived from previous years.
Mick Dineen Cycle 2017
Mick Dineen Cycle 2016
Mick Dineen Cycle 2015
Despite the threat of poor weather over the bank holiday weekend the turnout of people for the event was excellent. Cyclists of all levels came from near and far to participate. Click here for a link to some photos on Flickr.
Thanks again to everyone for taking part in making it a day to remember and keeping Mick in mind.
See GoPro footage from the cycle posted on YouTube!