Author Archives: Dave Elton

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 [...]

“We can be Heroes”…just for one day.

Posted: April 23, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 2

Unsung Hero Cycle....Remembering Emily Route - Ballyseeedy-Tralee-Camp-Annascaul-Inch-Castlemaine-Tralee-Ballyseedy Cost - A simple donation The Start Finally the sun shone for the day and it actually felt like Spring. A day packed full of sunshine is always an added bonus towards any cycling event and should just about guarantee a few extra bicycles on the road. [...]

Undercover in north Kerry

Posted: October 11, 2017 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Undercover in north Kerry Often an overlooked part of the Kingdom of Kerry, but the north has plenty to offer for those in the know. Castles, a round tower, quiet roads, flat roads, hilly roads, rivers, peaceful villages are just a taste of the cycling experience in north Kerry. [...]

From the Bottom to the Top of Ireland

Posted: July 6, 2017 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 4

A four day spin  from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal. (Ireland's Lands' End to John O'Groats).   The background. Over 600 km in distance, this is an adventure that has caught the imagination of many a cyclist over the years. As officialdom would have it, quite simply you cannot get any further south (Mizen Head) or north (Malin Head) than these two points on mainland Ireland. This is a challenge that I have often considered and spoke about with Aileen. Like many intended challenges it looked like one of those feats that [...]