Around 15,000 bananas, 20,000 sandwiches and 20,000 slices of barnbrack will fuel the 9,500 cyclists set to put on their padded shorts and pedal the 112-mile Ring of Kerry charity cycle this Saturday.

Now in its 31st year, the event has raised €6.9m for local charities, with €1,125,000 last year alone. Such was the demand this year, that after registration reached capacity in record time, a lottery for 200 extra places saw 3,000 applications. A long way since 49 cyclists hopped on their high nellies on a July day in 1983.