Farmers Bridge (S-N)
This climb is the middle triplet when cycling between Castlemaine and Tralee, it is more difficult that the Curraghmore climb along the main N70 road, both being far less difficult than the towering Short Mountain climb, with it’s masts being visible for miles around on either side of the Sliabh Mish mountains.
Begin in the village crossroads of Ballyfinnane, made famous by the Shanty Bar and the upside down man in a barrel adjacent to it. It is almost as if he saw something frightful many moons ago and ducked for cover, he is still ducking.
|Name||Distance||Avg. Gradient||Elevation Difference||Category||Closest Town|
|Farmers Bridge (S-N)||3.14km||5%||163m||3||Tralee|
The road gradually sweeps upwards from this point and has two steep sections reaching 8%, one fairly early on and the other towards the top. In between is a welcome chance for respite with a gentle 2-4%. At Just over 3km, this climb is short and sweet and one of the climbs considered a ‘shortcut’ by the local, unfortunately from experience these shortcuts are never as easy as what they sound. Enjoy the descent towards Tralee, you will have earned it.
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