Monthly Archives: July 2018

Short Mountain (S-N)

Posted: July 29, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 1

Make no question about it! This climb is up there with the best of them in Kerry or even the country as a whole. Certainly from a Kerry perspective, the Priest's Leap and Coomanaspic are the 2 standout climbs combining length and gradient that might edge this "short cut" to Tralee. The thing I like about this climb is the fact that it keeps it surprises hidden. It doesn't have the mind numbing drag of the Conor Pass from Dingle that offers an agonising glimpse of the summit and road ahead for the full climb. True, if you know where to look [...]

4 Climbs Challenge

Posted: July 27, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

In the 10 years or so that I have been enjoying cycling around the Tralee area and Kerry in general, it's sometimes nice to come up with a challenge to spice things up a little. I thought of this challenge when I did Glounsharoon in the spring earlier in the year for the first time. These are four climbs close to Tralee and Castleisland that I'd argue are climbs that many local cyclists would avoid in favour of a more gentle way to reach their destination! The Climbs The challenge starts in the centre of Tralee and takes in the climbs of Farmers [...]

Cycling the Great Southern Trail

Posted: July 20, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

The Great Southern Trail is an off road greenway trail on a section of an old Railway Line in Counties Kerry and Limerick. It is intended to be 85 kilometres long eventually and when complete will run all the way from Tralee to Limerick. At present (Summer 2018) only the section between Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale is completed (35km) although plans are currently submitted with Kerry County Council to develop the Abbeyfeale -> Listowel section, adding another approximate 10km to what exists currently. [...]

Short Mountain (N-S)

Posted: July 13, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

A climb of legend and only braved by those who have excess energy or lacking in common sense, Short Mountain from the north to south approach is quite the challenge although dubbed as being much easier than the south to north approach (a story for another day). The benign adjective 'short' sounds like a rather fluffy term that can only lead to the perception that this climb "can't be too bad" but anyone who has done it will know better, unfortunately "short" when it comes to climbs in Kerry does not always mean sweet. This climb was twice recently [...]