Reanagowen -> Knocknagoshel -> Castleisland -> Tralee
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 head straight on where another climb begins but it is not as punishing or lengthy as the first.
When you reach another crossroads, head right in the direction of Headleys Bridge. You will know you are there when the main Limerick to Castleisland road is visible, this is a good place to take a breather by the way! Heading in the direction of Castleisland brings you onto that main road and up a noticably daunting looking gradual climb which is not very steep but can be tiring on already tested legs. Don’t worry all of that climbing is worth it as when reaching this summit you have a freewheelers delight of a downhill into Castleisland and flat territory all the way back into Tralee.
|Distance:||37.6 miles, 60 K|
|Elevation:||+ 2288 / – 2288 ft|
|Max Gradient:||14.7 %|
This route is a very rewarding and one I try to get out on as often as I can. It does demand alot from the body, however I always know that I am in reasonable fitness when I am heading into Tralee after this spin with fresh enough legs. Traffic wise this route should be fairly quite however with narrow roads in some places particularly around Knocknagoshel, caution is advised. There are many options for extending this route if you are feeling up to it, one suggestion is to head into Brosna from Headley’s Bridge.