This year's cycle takes place on July 14th.

THE ninth annual Emergency Services and Friends Charity Cycle will take place on Saturday July 14th next.

The cycle will begin as usual at Skibbereen Fire Station and will then head towards Bantry for its first official stop.

On leaving Bantry cyclists will travel to Durrus and enjoy the breathtaking views of Dunmanus Bay before heading up over Mount Gabriel and on to Schull for the second stop.

The final leg will bring all cyclists back to Skibbereen for the customary Barbecue at Skibbereen Fire Station.

There will be an after party social again in Skibbereen town to finish off the night.

Beneficiaries this year include West Cork Cancer Connect, Beara Day Care Centre, Feileacain Ireland, Cork South West Association for Autism and CLM  (Cuarteori le Muire) Clonakilty.

The cycle has raised more than €300,000 over the past eight years which has been donated to various organisations across West Cork.

To register visit www.westcorkemscycle.com, sponsorship cards are also available from Roycroft Cycles, Skibbereen.

Spaces are limited to 250 cyclists so it is advisable to register early to avoid disappointment.

Enquiries can also be made to Garry Minihane on 086 832 8394.