Tag Archives:Tralee

Arise Knocknagoshel….

Posted: August 13, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

and take your place among the nations of the earth. The famous slogan which was headlined on a banner carried by proud supporters of Charles Stewart Parnell from Knocknagoshel who marched to Newcastlewest in 1891. Full story. Re-grouping near Clogher What a great slogan and words that have been immortalised for well over a century. Certainly, the first word ARISE in the slogan is something that rings very true when cycling to this out-post of east Kerry. There's no escaping the fact that you are going to need your climbing legs to get [...]

Na Gaeil Cycle

Posted: April 20, 2019 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0

Na Gaeil Cycle Club fundraising cycle offers an 80 and 40 km route, starting at the Na Gaeil clubhouse in Tralee. If this years event is like previous years, then the routes are out to Castleisland, Abbeyfeale, Duagh and Listowel. Link: Na Gaeil [...]

Short Mountain (S-N)

Posted: July 29, 2018 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 1

Make no question about it! This climb is up there with the best of them in Kerry or even the country as a whole. Certainly from a Kerry perspective, the Priest's Leap and Coomanaspic are the 2 standout climbs combining length and gradient that might edge this "short cut" to Tralee. The thing I like about this climb is the fact that it keeps it surprises hidden. It doesn't have the mind numbing drag of the Conor Pass from Dingle that offers an agonising glimpse of the summit and road ahead for the full climb. True, if you know where to look [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]