Winter cycling at its best

Posted: November 22, 2014 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Cycling, East Kerry, Mid Kerry, North Kerry

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The Nitty Gritty:
The Brown Flesk Valley
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.
Scartaglin
So what about the characters on board today? Actually a nice mix.  We had the chatterer, the comeback Kings, the thinkers, the strong willed, the powerhouse (out for a more relaxed day) and the talker.
Mid-Kerry at it's best
The group cycle can be a bit hit or miss at times with riders pushing hard and forgetting they’re part of a group and on other occasions it comes together like the perfect jigsaw puzzle. Our group today hit it off quite well, generally complimenting each other on the flat, working together against the breeze and arriving back at base more or less together. Good stuff!
Break time in Farranfore
We had our moments, like stretching out like a giant elastic band on that awful pull into Scartaglin, but that’s understandable at this time of year as the riders hit diverse fitness levels. The wonderful winding road back to Farranfore challenged the group as the slight breeze came against us, as well as the rolling and twisting nature of the Brown Flesk Valley,  but over all we got it right.
Closing in on Tralee
So group cycling… love it or loath it. It throws up the challenges and most importantly the great characters.

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