Sometimes in life the perception of something doesn't always match the reality. (more…)
Some free time and a welcome spell of fine spring weather can only mean one question... Where will I cycle? It's been a while since I visited Slea Head and I figured that it would be a good opportunity to revitalize after a winter of very little cycling for one reason of another. I wasn't wrong. The day was a little cool but otherwise flawless with a gentle breeze and blue sky in all directions.
Just when you think we've turned the corner weather wise, we're hit with heavy rain, dark skies and unpredictable winds. Now I don't mind a bit of discomfort but sometimes you have to call as you see fit. There are times when cycling in strong winds and heavy rain becomes a dangerous pastime.
So you're awake early and a little disappointed at not getting your Saturday morning exercise. You could always turn over and enjoy a lie-in? Too awake! A short spin later in the day around town? NO...this weather is down for the weekend! Walk? Maybe! What about the local Park Run? I'm up already, the porridge is on and I'm kitted out! (more…)
Certainly over the last couple of months the cyclist has gotten a bit of a raw deal from mother nature. What with the likes of Barney, Desmond, Frank and a whole host of their relatives queueing up in the Atlantic to give us a pounding, we've had to wait patiently by the fire side for a break in this relentless wet and windy weather. (more…)
Well another year has flown by and a new one has just begun....
In hindsight 2015 was a good year for us at Kerrycycling. First and foremost we kick started the website back into action. Firstly with the coming together of Pushbikeblogger and Kerrycyclist giving the site an extra pair of hands. Then we gave the site a fresh lick of paint and added a bit more content. Something like Kerrycycling is an ongoing process. Although far from finished, we're moving in the right direction.
Our main focus now is to keep adding content to the site, as well as focusing on a new project we have undertaken, which will take us well in to next autumn. All will be revealed in time!!
From a cycling and even hiking perspective the final 6 weeks of the year were a disaster. Heavy rain and strong winds dominating the weather in this corner of Ireland. It made the outdoors anything from uncomfortable to outright dangerous. Lets hope we can ease our way into 2016 in somewhat decent conditions.
Talking of easing our way back into things. Locally the cycling calender begins next Saturday in Blennerville with the Jimmy Duffy Memorial Cycle. A nice relaxed and well organised spin out to Castleisland and back. Lets hope all goes well and we have a decent day for it.
Finally we moved into the video making industry and set up a you-tube page. Basically it's just under 6 minutes of pictures with Blackmore's Night playing the background music. Hope you enjoy it. Happy New Year!
Thanks to the pull of social media, curiosity got the better of me and I duly attended the advertised cycling meeting in Tralee on Saturday. Basically it was showcasing the fact that blogger/journalist Cian Ginty, had taken a delegation of people over to the Netherlands. They experienced first hand, the joys of cycling in and around the Utrecht area. Taking in the many different forms of cycle paths and roads in the area. We also saw their attempts at cycle storage, engineering and the various forms of cycling accessories used in the Netherlands. From my own point of view I was quite interested as I used to live there from 1991-95. (more…)
It's been a busy enough weekend in this part of Kerry. Cycling didn't seem to be the top of everyone's agenda.
From a club perspective there was a wedding on Friday, which probably had a few members nursing hangovers, then there's the small matter of Kerry heading up to Dublin this weekend for the All Ireland, which generally switches people's focus. Add to that, one or two of my regular cycling companions leaving the good ship Kerry for a few days away in other areas of Ireland and the Rugby World Cup, the Saturday spin had SOLO stamped all over it. (more…)
There are times when you tentatively leave the house in a half-hearted fashion, going through the motions of trying to keep yourself in shape and just getting out on the bike. For this story we have to go back to early June and a day or so after the Bank holiday. What an awful day that was! We actually had the fire on. It was like mid winter! Wet, dark, windy and cold. I waited until about Wednesday when things had calmed down nicely and headed out towards the Knocknagoshel area to explore a couple of roads I had on my to do list. The roads didn't disappoint. Rough and ready and offering different options for "adventure"rides! (more…)
It's funny how things go. Last week I checked my facebook page and saw some guy doing a 300 km ride in England, mainly in the dark. He was commenting how peaceful and tranquil it was. Fast forward to last Sunday which was miserable and gave me too much thinking time. I had a 200 km ride planned with an extremely early start thrown in, for the night ride experience. (more…)
I suppose one of the disadvantages of living is Kerry, is that you take the things that are on your door-step for granted. One thought I use for motivation, is that people pay good money from around the World to visit here, so let's make the most of what we have and get out and see it.
Certainly one of the show piece routes has to be the Ring of Kerry. From a cycling perspective, the charity cycle in early July has certainly taken the lead in cycling this route, it's probably the only way many people would contemplate doing it. From a personal point of view I've not done the Ring in its entirity for about four years, so the chance to do it with an easy-going group seemed too good an opportunity to miss. (more…)