Day 10 today was the Currow CC Annual leisure tour and 63 miles of cycling in glorious weather for a change. I was reminded about the song “I could have danced all night” because I sure felt that I could have cycled all day today. The spin today left Currow, headed for Tralee, Castlemaine, Milltown, Killorglin, Killarney and back to Currow via Farranfore. The pace was mostly controlled which is only right for a leisure cycle but I did get an opportunity to stretch my legs ascending the Tralee side of the hill to Castlemaine as well as the way home from Killarney which was lively enough for anyone’s level. Legs felt good and appreciated the last number of days when I took it easy.
1/3 third of the way into the challenge and I have found great benefit to having cycled the last 10 days in a row. I do feel stronger than when I started. I think the key so far was knowing when to take an easy day when I needed it. I will be intereted to see if I find the next 20 days as straightforward.
Sign on is from 9am on Sunday Morning from the community centre in currow. The leisure tour will begin at 10am sharp to avoid all traffic heading to the Kerry – Cork Game in Killarney.
The route for the leisure tour is from Currow – Farranfore – Killarney – Killorglin – Castlemaine – Tralee – Castleisland and back to Currow, which is approximately 90K.
There will be an option of a shorter route on the day also.
This tour is always well supported and has excellent facilities and refreshments.
Hopefully the weather will be as nice as last year.
For more information visit www.currowcc.com.
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.
Kate Kearney's Cottage
A winter's morning in Killarney
This image was taken on Sat 23rd of January looking down on the town of Killarney. It was a morning that was filled with frost and also fear due to the bitter cold weather. 5 of us were cycling and decided to stick to the main roads for safety reasons. We stopped at this point for the usual half way banana and mis-truths about how many miles we have done in the past week, even though the training miles usually show in the legs well before the half way point, especially on the road from Faranfore into Killarney which is up and down and fast. We were all glad to have headed out despite the weather and arrived safely back in Tralee.
Did this one on one of the warmest days in 2009 in preperation for a series of Sportive events, I needed some mileage and no better way than to head off and follow this route. This route leaves Tralee and takes in the towns/villages of Castlemaine, Milltown, Killarney, Barraduff, Scartaglin, Castleisland before returning to Tralee.
This 54k/33mi. route offers a wide variety of rolling roads, tough and short inclines as well as open road. It was last cycled by me on Saturday 28th November ‘09.
Heading out from tralee, out past Lidl and take a left turn towards Farmer’s Bridge. This road is a quite country road with a section of up’s and down’s before a right turn takes you upwards on a challenging incline all the ways up to the hieght of 200m. Proceeding straight on offers a very welcome freewheel into Ballyfinnane a quite and small village in mid Kerry (Look out for the upside down man in the barrel!). Straight on again will lead you through Ballyfinnane and straight again to bypass Firies and head in the direction of Ballyhar with similiar terrain and roads as before. After a while the road will come to a T-Junction, turning left at the road’s end will bring you out onto the main Killarney to Tralee Road. This road can be busy traffic wise but has enough width for the most part to allow for both cyclists and traffic alike. Passing Farranfore straight on will bring you into Tralee and back home.