Monthly Archives: November 2014

Fenit in the winter sunshine

Posted: November 30, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

The Nitty Gritty: Route: Fenit  loop Distance: 4.5 km Height gain: flat Difficulty: 2/10 Details: At times Sunday can be a day that just drifts by without much being done. So with the sun shining in Tralee, I was determined to make something of the day. A 10 minute drive from to Tralee took myself and my wife out to the seaside. Tralee Bay looked spectacular a deep blue colour with a mystical foggy mist gliding over parts of the bay. Considering it's the last day of November [...]

Flat as a pancake, well almost !

Posted: November 27, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Ardfert-Line Rd-Lerrig-Ardfert-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Ardfert-Line Rd-Lerrig-Ardfert-Tralee Distance: 40km Height gain: 191 metres Difficulty: 3/10 Details: Considering we're closing in on December, we've been very fortunate with the weather so far this winter in Kerry. Today was no exception with dry roads, a clearing sky, 8-9 degrees with the only inconvenience and strong SE wind that did in fairness blow us to Ballyheigue. So just 3 of us out today for our moderate morning spin. The roads were fairly [...]

Winter cycling at its best

Posted: November 22, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Castleisland-Scartaglin-Firies-Ballyfinnane-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Castleisland-Scartaglin-Firies-Ballyfinnane-Tralee Distance: 68km Height gain: 327 metres Difficulty: 5/10 Details: One of the nice things about club and group cycling is the mix of abilities and characters that can come together on a ride. A compact group of ten headed away from The Meadowlands, Tralee on the N 21 towards Castleisland. With a gentle breeze at our backs and and the sun threatening to shine things were looking good. So what [...]

Typical Winter training spin

Posted: November 21, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Castleisland-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Castleisland-Tralee Distance: 48km Height gain: 200 metres Difficulty: 4.5/10 Details: This cycle is a nice fast no fuss spin from Tralee to Castleisland and back along the N21. Over the years a good few of the Tralee Clubs take on this route for winter, especially in the dark cold nights as it's on a good road with a hard shoulder, well lit in places, flatish, as well as making  good time over a good distance. On our little Thursday morning group spin we took [...]

Feeling the Lacey Cup Route

Posted: November 16, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Tralee-Camp-Annascaul-Inch-Castlemaine-Tralee The Nitty Gritty: Route: Tralee-Camp-Annascaul-Inch-Castlemaine-Tralee Distance: 73 km Height gain: 550 metres Difficulty: 7/10 Details: This is a handy loop cycle taking in 2 steady climbs from Camp and then Castlemaine. N86 out from Tralee. After approx 16 km left up to Upper Camp. You are still on the N86 until after Annascaul. Take a left on the R561. This route takes you through Inch Strand, Keel and Boolteens and on to Castlemaine. Left on to N70 (60 km) and back [...]