Author Archives: Dave Elton

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 [...]

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 [...]

Crag Caves/Glounsharoon

Posted: April 25, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

As a Tralee based cyclist there is a mindset to think of Castleisland and flat in the same sentence. After all the N21 is one of the flattest roads leaving the Kerry capital to Castleisland and that particular road is very popular with time trialist and beginner alike. It's after you take a closer look at Castleisland, that you realise the majority of the 7 or 8 roads leaving the town, at some point accommodate some very respectable climbs. To name but a few The Maum, Scartaglin, Cordal, Brosna and Crag Caves or as the locals like to call it [...]