Category Archives: Climbs

Tales from the Canal Bank

Posted: November 29, 2016 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

The Tralee Ship Canal-Walk-Cycle-Jog As winter sets in the urge to get out and about on either the bike or into the mountains becomes a bit more of a chore. The cold weather be it fog, ice, snow, wind and rain are all conditions that can persuade even the hardiest of cyclist or walker to stay by the fire side for the duration of the winter months and re-appear in the spring. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong in that, it does seem a shame to lose the fitness levels that we may have gained from an adventure packed summer of cycling, [...]

Curraghmore Climb N-S

Posted: February 10, 2015 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Known locally as Tralee Mountain this climb is a stalwart with many local cyclists. It is a mere category 3 but can challenge even those that cycle it regularly. The climb begins when heading in the direction of Castlemaine from Tralee and after a long straight begins quite swiftly with a left hand turn. It's a modest gradient that mostly remains consistent throughout the climb however there are subtle shifts particularly after the two hairpin turns. The views of Tralee and North Kerry on your left as you ascend can be spectacular on a clear [...]

The Maum

Posted: July 14, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This gruelling climb is infamous to cyclists throughout the county and is a challenge to even the most battle hardened. It is a category 1 climb that has been involved in many a Rás Tailteann and FBD Milk Rás throughout the entire history of the event. It is relatively short witth it's summit being only approx 2 and a half miles (nearly 5 K) from Castleisland. [...]

Gap of Dunloe and The Black Valley

Posted: March 30, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 21

I've been meaning to post up details of this cycle for a long time and cycling it recently has finally given me incentive to do so. This 34 Mile/ 54 K route is very difficult on the legs for for the cyclist with a sense of adventure you will not be disappointed by one of the most scenic and beautiul parts of Ireland. The cycle leaves Killarney and heads out the Killorglin road for approximately 3 miles where you take a left road that is signposted for the Gap of Dunloe and Kate Kearney's Cottage. [...]

Short Mountain

Posted: March 8, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 3

A climb of legends and only braved by those who have excess energy or lacking in common sense, Short Mountain leaves the body tired but feeling accomplished. There are two options on thic climb, to ascend via the Castlemaine or the Tralee Side. The Castlemaine side is shorter but a wall which will pound the heart and weaken the body considerably. The ascent from Tralee is more manageable but should not be disregarded, it is tough. [...]