Category Archives: Climbs

Crag Caves/Glounsharoon

Posted: April 25, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

As a Tralee based cyclist there is a mindset to think of Castleisland and flat in the same sentence. After all the N21 is one of the flattest roads leaving the Kerry capital to Castleisland and that particular road is very popular with time trialist and beginner alike. It's after you take a closer look at Castleisland, that you realise the majority of the 7 or 8 roads leaving the town, at some point accommodate some very respectable climbs. To name but a few The Maum, Scartaglin, Cordal, Brosna and Crag Caves or as the locals like to call it [...]

Mount Eagle

Posted: April 23, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Mt Eagle has up until very recently existed on my to-do list, for many years in fact. On one sunny spring morning in March 2018 it finally called to me. It is not a very challenging climb by other standards in the county, but it does lure you from the steady-sloped hinterland of Castleisland near Cordal with a gradient of 1 or 2% for the first kilometer or so before the business end of the climb becomes more apparent with grassy roads and brown boggy landscape replacing the more manicured ditches before. Name Distance Avg. [...]

Pike

Posted: January 5, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Pike is a considerable climb just a few miles outside of Castleisland. Beginning at the bottom of the town head up main street up past the top of the town and the library heading straight on out the Cordal Road. Follow the signposts for Cordal which is a village about 3 k out of Castleisland. [...]

Gleannsharoon

Posted: January 5, 2010 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Gleannsharoon is situated just outside of Castleisland and is very short at only one mile. However it does provide a considerable challenge and climbing rougly 500ft in under a mile only means that the gradient is quite steep, averaging 11.5 %. [...]

The Conor Pass

Posted: December 31, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 7

The Conor Pass situated on the Dingle Peninsula is probably one of the most famous and difficult climbs for cyclists in Ireland. It is quite steep and has no inch of forgiving tarmac. Only approx 3 miles and 5K in length, doesn't look that far in paper but looking at the gradient will give you more of an idea what is involved. A magnificient view of both Tralee Bay and Dingle Bay await you on top and only a few meters apart. [...]