Did you ever dream of doing the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycling but thought it beyond you?

Do you want to set yourself a challenge, improve your health and fitness, and support deserving local charities? Yes, you too can do 'The Ring': there will be thousands like you on the day and a big army of volunteers to help.

Take your first step: get on a bike - any old bike - and start pedalling. Following our general guidelines and monthly advice will help you over the coming months.

So, why not go for it: we will look forward to seeing you on the day and the charities will appreciate your support.

Getting started

Getting started is often the hardest part but a few basic guidelines will help:

  • Begin gradually at an easy effort: a good rule of thumb is to ride at a pace where you are comfortable having a conversation.
  • Aim to do three spins per week at least, however short.
  • Your type of bike and kit is not so important, especially for the early stages of preparation, but ensure it is in good order and that your helmet fits well.
  • Ask an experienced cyclist or a bike shop to check your saddle height.
  • Use your gears, especially on hills: many beginners pedal too hard in a high gear and this makes it difficult and tiring.
  • Be patient and progress gradually: give your body time to adapt.
  • Rope in a friend if you like company: having an arrangement to meet other people is a very good motivator.
  • View our General Guidelines and our preparation advice for April.