Leap On Your Bike – Annascaul, Co. Kerry to Leixlip, Co. Kildare. Sat 8th – Sun 9th September 2018.

Any queries phone 01 629 5843

What is Leap On Your Bike Cycle?

Leap On Your Bike is a charity fundraising cycle that is now in its fourth year. It is a locally run cycle that aims to raise money for local charities. The cycle is run by Cathal O’Shea, proprietor of the Salmon Leap Inn, Damien Keane of Feericks Pharmacy Leixlip and Noel Mostyn along with a dedicated team of volunteers. Having successfully organised the cycle for 3 consecutive years now the committee are all in agreeance that this is very much a fun cycle ‘full of craic’ that aims to make all participants as comfortable and happy as possible! Over the years some great friendships have been formed creating a very enjoyable weekend for all involved, making this cycle different from the rest!

The cycle takes place over two days, September 8th & 9th from Annascaul Co. Kerry to Leixlip Co. Kildare. Below are some frequently asked questions. If your question is not answered below please fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you A.S.A.P!

Cycle FAQ’s

Who is the money being raised for?

All funds raised will be going to Saint John of Gods North Kildare Services. Proceeds from Leap On Your Bike 2018 will help the St. John of Gods Kildare Residential Services buy a mini bus for transportation.

What route will be taken?

The cycle starts at 9:30am on Saturday the 8th of September in Annascaul Co. Kerry from the South Pole Inn Bridge. From there we tackle our only real climb of the trip, Gleann-na-nGealt before heading to Tralee for our first ‘sos beag’ stop. We then head north to Listowel for our lunch time stop, before turning east to Foynes for another ‘sos beag’ stop. A spin across Limerick city with another short ‘sos beag’ in Thomond Park Stadium, followed by our final leg of day 1 which will lead us to our overnight stop in Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh. Day 2 of the cycle will kick off at 10am, where we will leave Nenagh and head to Roscrea for our first ‘sos beag’ of the day. From there Portlaoise will be our next stop for our lunch time break. After a well deserved lunch break we will head to Naas for our final ‘sos beag’ of the two day cycle before heading back to Leixlip Co. Kildare where we will cross the ‘finish line’ at the Salmon Leap Inn bridge.

Covering 178km on the first day and 152km on the second day, we’ll cover 330km in total over the two days!

How do I get to Kerry?

A bus will leave The Salmon Leap Inn in Leixlip on Friday the 7th of September for cyclists, their luggage & their bikes. Time of departure is yet to be confirmed but will be around lunchtime. Should this time of day be unsuitable for some participants alternative transport will be organised for you later that evening. There is free & secure parking available in the Salmon Leap if you wish to leave your car there over the weekend. All transport costs are included in the registration fee.

How do I get back down to Kerry after the cycle?

If you are from the South and taking part in the cycle transportation for yourself, your luggage and your bike will be organised to get you back home safely after the cycle. Please contact us for more details.

What about accommodation?

All accommodation is included in the cost.

What’s included in the registration fee?

All transport, accommodation, food on Saturday & Sunday and a specially designed Leap On Your Bike 2018 gillet jersey.

Will there be a pace car / marshals?

Yes we have a pace car and marshals.

How much sponsorship money do I have to raise?

€100 registration fee and €100 through sponsorship card. Sponsorship card can be downloaded from our site or sent out to you via post.

Are there any age restrictions?

You must be over 18

What sort of bike and gear do I need?

You must have a bike that has been properly serviced before the cycle. Mark from Maynooth Cycles have kindly offered free bike checks to all participants and discounted services. Helmets & cycling shorts are compulsory. Specially designed cycling gillet jersey provided.

What about punctures/repairs along the route?

We will have a service facility along the route

What about overnight bags and gear during the cycle itself?

There will be support vehicles throughout the cycle route which will store all of cyclists’ possessions

Do I need to train?

Yes, training and preparing for the cycle is advised

Do I need insurance?

All cyclists will be insured and a medical team will be on standby at all times.

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