Ballyfinnane -> Ballyhar -> Killarney -> Tralee
This 54k/33mi. route offers a wide variety of rolling roads, tough and short inclines as well as open road. It was last cycled by me on Saturday 28th November ‘09.
Heading out from tralee, out past Lidl and take a left turn towards Farmer’s Bridge. This road is a quite country road with a section of up’s and down’s before a right turn takes you upwards on a challenging incline all the ways up to the hieght of 200m. Proceeding straight on offers a very welcome freewheel into Ballyfinnane a quite and small village in mid Kerry (Look out for the upside down man in the barrel!). Straight on again will lead you through Ballyfinnane and straight again to bypass Firies and head in the direction of Ballyhar with similiar terrain and roads as before. After a while the road will come to a T-Junction, turning left at the road’s end will bring you out onto the main Killarney to Tralee Road. This road can be busy traffic wise but has enough width for the most part to allow for both cyclists and traffic alike. Passing Farranfore straight on will bring you into Tralee and back home.
The route offers a very welcome break from some of the most obvious roads in Kerry but it would be advisable to spare your effort at the beginning of the cycle to ensure that the legs to get you home will still be there at the latter half of the cycle.
|Distance:||33 miles, 54 K|
|Elevation:||+ 1960 / – 1963 ft|
|Max Gradient:||10.7 %|
I won’t forget this one too quickly even though it was November and cold. Leaving Tralee I was unsure of what was before me even though I was familiar with most of the roads this entailed. My legs were tired at the finish from this because of a combination of the time of year as well as the series of ups and downs that this route offered. This is one that should be tackled when you have reached a good level of fitness.