Monthly Archives: December 2009

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. [...]

2009: The Review

Posted: December 30, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

With 2009 coming to a pretty fast close alot of amazing things have happened regarding cycling in Kerry. While I have been looking out at bad weather for the past number of weeks (some would say months!) I have had a good opportunity to reflect on the year of cycling that is soon to be over. Personally I cycled more miles this year that I have done in a good few years. My total this year is 2755, which falls short of my goal of 3000 but between injury and bad weather this year I am pretty happy. [...]


Posted: December 30, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

Situated on the Sneem side of Waterville on the Ring of Kerry route the climb of Coomaciste is a nice steady climb that offers magnificient views of Kerry and the Atlantic ocean. This climb is reviewed from the Waterville approach going i.e. as if going anti clock wise around the Ring of Kerry which is the traditional cycling approach. [...]

Listowel -> Ballyduff -> Abbeydorney

Posted: December 29, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 0

This route is difficult to get motivated to do but rewarding when the decision and effort is made. I think it's mostly hard to get into because of the ascent out of Tralee that begins very early on in the climb, it's not that difficult however can be tough on legs or a body that are nor warmed up properly. [...]

Molls Gap

Posted: December 29, 2009 · By: Donnacha Clifford · Comments: 5

Situated between Kenmare and Killarney, Molls Gap is one of the most famous climbs in Ireland and well renound in both cycling and car rallying terms. This 6.3 Mile/ 10 K climb reaches a summit of 860 ft and the summit offers a scenic view of the Black valley and futher down when descending into Killarney there is an opportunity to experience Ladies View, which is a viewing point where the lakes of Killarney and their surrounds can be seen. [...]