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Cycling 2020-You couldn’t make it up!

Posted: May 12, 2020 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

What a year 2020 has been so far for the cycling fraternity of south-west Ireland. Kerry Woolen Mills New Year Early January saw us experience one or two crisp mornings, but with that came freezing temperature and black ice, making the sport somewhat hazardous. Who can forget February? A none stop continuation of strong winds and heavy rain, that seemed to save itself for the weekends. In our case it had us running for the indoor sports hall for some group sessions on the indoor trainers. A nice stop gap, but a long way from the real [...]

Arise Knocknagoshel….

Posted: August 13, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

and take your place among the nations of the earth. The famous slogan which was headlined on a banner carried by proud supporters of Charles Stewart Parnell from Knocknagoshel who marched to Newcastlewest in 1891. Full story. Re-grouping near Clogher What a great slogan and words that have been immortalised for well over a century. Certainly, the first word ARISE in the slogan is something that rings very true when cycling to this out-post of east Kerry. There's no escaping the fact that you are going to need your climbing legs to get [...]

Is Ireland closing the cycling gap on Europe?

Posted: July 22, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 2

Up until 1995 I spent 4 years of my life living in Haarlem, in the Netherlands which is very much in the top 4 of cycling's premier league when it comes to two wheeled infrastructure. In this day and age there are numerous websites, social media pages etc. etc. underlining the pluses of Hollands cycling infrastructure , so there's no need to repeat what most people already know about the cycling set-up in the land of tulips. Last week we did a family road trip (by car...cough) through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and France. Subconsciously [...]

5 Reasons to cycle the Ring of Kerry clockwise.

Posted: June 17, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 4

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 [...]