Author Archives: Dave Elton

5 Reasons to cycle the Ring of Kerry clockwise.

Posted: June 17, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 2

Once again we're reaching that mid-summer time of year and the Ring of Kerry cycle is a mere 2 weeks away. The Ring of Kerry sponsored cycle is still one of the show piece cycle events of the year but the circuit itself is open for business 365 days of the year and is waiting for any individual or group to give it their best shot. Going clockwise Over the last 4 years our local club Chain Gang CC has cycled the ring together as a club in early to mid June. The difference being that we cycle it clockwise as oppose to the event and tour bus [...]

The dreaded Creaks, Clicks,Cracks and Clunks

Posted: June 14, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 2

Finding the problem I'm sure it's a scenario most road cyclists have encountered. You've been cycling with no problem for what seems a life time and then out of the blue as the pedals turn comes a noise. Not always consistent but it's there in the background ready to spoil any self respecting spin. The thing about these cracks and clunks are that 99% of the time they won't go away on their own, yourself or the local mechanic have a job on your hands! In the last 12 months I've found myself in this unfortuanate position twice and managed [...]

Kicking the Habit

Posted: August 17, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

A Month without Sugar..... For a few months now I have felt that I was eating too much of the sticky stuff. Getting your head around cutting down on it is a completely different issue. How do you start? It's everywhere. Stop eating chocolate? But the sugar is still there, in bread, cakes, sauces, breakfast cereals etc. in-fact it's laced in virtually all processed food. I call it a gift from our corporate gods! Some figures I read recently alluded to the fact that the average adult now consumes the equivalent to 109 lb's of the stuff per annum [...]

The Maum

Posted: August 2, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 1

This gruelling climb is infamous to cyclists throughout the county and is a challenge to even the most battle hardened. In the past this climb has been a part of the Rás Tailteann and FBD Milk Rás leaving participants with no shortage of adjectives to describe Castleisland and it's hinterlands. Although relatively short, with it’s summit being only 5 km from central Castleisland it certainly packs a punch. This climb has two very steep sections, both at either ends with a mid section that levels out somewhat. This middle section is welcome [...]

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 [...]