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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 [...]

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 [...]

Cycling the Great Southern Trail

Posted: July 20, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

The Great Southern Trail is an off road greenway trail on a section of an old Railway Line in Counties Kerry and Limerick. It is intended to be 85 kilometres long eventually and when complete will run all the way from Tralee to Limerick. At present (Summer 2018) only the section between Abbeyfeale and Rathkeale is completed (35km) although plans are currently submitted with Kerry County Council to develop the Abbeyfeale -> Listowel section, adding another approximate 10km to what exists currently. [...]