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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: 2

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 [...]

Steady as she goes!

Posted: April 26, 2017 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

A relaxed 15 km without straying too far. It's probably fair to say that since cycling has become immensely popular over the last 8 years, the main focus for many cyclists is to don the club kit, clip in shoes, the road bike with drop handlebars and get out for a face-saving 40 km plus, pushing the pace as hard as is possible? There's nothing wrong with this, in fact it's a great release, [...]

Once a Cycling Book is written

Posted: April 26, 2017 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Eighteen months of hard work has come to an end. The text is written, the photos taken, the maps drawn out. It's time to submit everything to the publisher. In our case it was a hard copy and an electronic copy. [...]

How to write a cycling book.

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

In the beginning I suppose I can trace things back to mid 1970's north-west England for the beginnings of this story. Once into 2nd year of secondary school at Penketh High I was placed into a top grade class for English. Our teacher was an old RAF fighter pilot known affectionately as "Danny Clamp" (Mr Daniels), a guy that didn't tolerate messing and under achievers. The "Clamp" was a procedure he used in which he used to clamp his thumb and forefinger onto an unsuspecting victim's cheek or ear if they stepped out of line. [...]