Monthly Archives: December 2009

Currow -> Castleisland -> Farranfore: The Long Way!

Posted: December 26, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This route starts in Currow, which is a village situated in Mid-Kerry, about 3 miles from Farranfore and 5 miles from Castleisland. It is a route that is dear to my heart given that it is in my homeland and I try to get out on this route as often as I can. This routes offers mostly flat territory on quiet country roads with little traffic when away from the town centers in the route. [...]

Milltown -> Killarney -> Barraduff -> Castleisland

Posted: December 23, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Did this one on one of the warmest days in 2009 in preperation for a series of Sportive events, I needed some mileage and no better way than to head off and follow this route. This route leaves Tralee and takes in the towns/villages of Castlemaine, Milltown, Killarney, Barraduff, Scartaglin, Castleisland before returning to Tralee. [...]

Castleisland -> Brosna -> Castleisland

Posted: December 23, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

This one brings back many memories. When I first cycled the Ring of Kerry in 1997, this route was suggested as a tester a few weeks before the event. It nearly killed me that day, particularly the run into Castleisland when my legs were dead. Although it is three times shorter than the ring it really is a great test and training for any event, mainly because of dead roads and some tough climbing with a gradient reaching 11.8% in some places. It is 53k/33mi. route of undiluted training, which some would love but others might never want to do more [...]

Camp -> Annascaul-> Castlemaine -> Tralee

Posted: December 22, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This 76k/47mi. route is one only to be cycled those who are up for a challenge. This can be quite a testing spin which offers a large variety as well as the possibility of dealing with prevailing unsheltered atlantic winds for sustained periods. The route follows the Dingle road out of Tralee out past Blennerville and it is this road in particular that can be quite exposed depending upon the wind factor. The next port of call is Camp after about 16K, whereby the road to Annascaul is followed. Here begins a noteworthy climb called Gean na [...]

Reanagowen -> Knocknagoshel -> Castleisland -> Tralee

Posted: December 22, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This 61k/38mi. route offers a wide variety of rolling roads, tough and sustained inclines as well as open road en route back into Tralee. When beginning in Tralee head for Clash roundabout and follow the signposts for Dromtacker and the North Campus of IT Tralee. Keep heading straight on on this road and after a while a gradual incline (5% in some places) begins to appear, which lingers for a number of miles and culminates in a summit which you will know you are reaching when you see a number of wind turbines. When reaching a crossroads [...]