Author Archives: Donnacha Clifford

Slea Head on a Spring Day

Posted: February 26, 2016 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Some free time and a welcome spell of fine spring weather can only mean one question... Where will I cycle? It's been a while since I visited Slea Head and I figured that it would be a good opportunity to revitalize after a winter of very little cycling for one reason of another. I wasn't wrong. The day was a little cool but otherwise flawless with a gentle breeze and blue sky in all directions. [...]

Ring of Kerry 2015 Review

Posted: July 7, 2015 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 4

Another year another Ring of Kerry Well it's been a few days since my 18th and the 31st Annual Ring of Kerry Cycle and what my biggest feeling having completed it is an overwhelming since of awe at the organisation that made the day possible. At this stage it has to be among the biggest mass participation sporting event in the country (if not the biggest) with roughly 11,500 cyclists and while there was frustration at the registration process earlier in the year from what I saw the day ran very smoothly. [...]

Camp – Annascaul Lake – Minard – Bothar na gCloch

Posted: June 2, 2015 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 2

This 60K route in west Kerry is for for the adventure seeker who wants to do something a little out of the norm. It seeks to take you away from the main roads for the majority of the cycle to allow you to explore a little more of what the Dingle peninsula has to offer. It includes some climbing as well as areas of scenery and beauty that you will find it hard not to stop and look at and listen to. [...]

Revisiting an old friend, twice!

Posted: May 9, 2015 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Looking back at my records it was last Summer since I cycled the Conor Pass. I guess the time to visit the old girl had come around again and as it turned it out we ended up going back home the same way again which meant I got to climb it from both sides today. I've had little in the way of distance cycling over the past number of weeks for a number of reasons but a break in what has been a bad few days of weather left no excuse this morning! [...]

Mid-Kerry at it’s best

Posted: February 17, 2015 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

A sunny Saturday February morning with a 100K cycle on my mind. I was just out of the restraints of a chest infection and for this reason I decided to try and stay away from the hills which is not too easy being based in Tralee. The decision was to head in the direction of mid-Kerry which offers a beautiful array of route options with some lovely quite roads that are not too busy with traffic. The morning was idyllic for cycling, very calm and almost spring-like with a slight lingering chill, not time for exposing too much skin to the world [...]