Hundreds defy weather for Tour of Kildare Cycle

Aidan McDonnell, Phelim Gibbons, Hugh Durnin and John Hughes, all from Naas Cycling Club.
There were fears that the weather might ruin it all - and the hue of the sky that greeted us on Sunday morning appeared to confirm our worst fears.

There were fears that the weather might ruin it all - and the hue of the sky that greeted us on Sunday morning appeared to confirm our worst fears.

But for anyone who managed to complete the Naas Cycling Club organised Martin Early Tour of Kildare cycle on Sunday, August 10, in a reasonable time would have managed to dodge the rain that fell.

And in the meantime, there was an abundance of pleasant sunshine for most of the day.

Now in its 13th year, the Tour of Kildare is a highlight on the calendar for leisure cyclists and has been running for many years in aid of the Marie Keating Foundation.

Former professional Cyclist Martin Earley has attached his name to the event.

There were three possibe routes for partipants - a 20kms route for families, a 65km route for the adventurous and a 110kms route for the strongest - which took quite a number of stiff climbs including the Hill of Allen, Boston Hill, Dunmurray and the infamous ‘wall’.

Organiser Linda Keating told the Leinster Leader that 500 people took part, with 60 volunteers scattered around the course marshalling junctions along the way.

Ms. Keating also paid tribute to Swans for the food and the Court Hotel for their hospitality.