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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. [...]

Short Mountain (N-S)

Posted: July 13, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 1

A climb of legend and only braved by those who have excess energy or lacking in common sense, Short Mountain from the north to south approach is quite the challenge although dubbed as being much easier than the south to north approach (a story for another day). The benign adjective 'short' sounds like a rather fluffy term that can only lead to the perception that this climb "can't be too bad" but anyone who has done it will know better, unfortunately "short" when it comes to climbs in Kerry does not always mean sweet. This climb was twice recently [...]

Farmers Bridge (S-N)

Posted: June 21, 2018 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

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 [...]

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 [...]