The Nitty Gritty:
Height gain: 510 metres
Details: Cycling out to Killarney on the N 22 isn’t always our groups favourite route. It’s a busy road at times and quite predictable but for a diverse group we worked it very well together.
With a few regulars missing, one new rider and two or three coming into the fray after a few weeks out, I was fearing a difficult day for the group. But we worked it well to the Farranfore climb and as is the norm everyone did their own thing up the hill. From then on we made good time to Killarney.
The break probably came a bit early, but we had little option as this route is hardly strewn with cafes. The stop was welcome though and gave everyone the chance to have a hot drink, snack and a bit of banter.
Leaving Killarney on the N 72 towards Killorglin, again we kept it tight. This stretch of road can be a bit busy and is peppered with cycle paths that seem to start and finish in the middle of nowhere. If anyone from Kerry CC is reading, I would suggest getting the road sweeper out and tidying up some of those lanes, as they are bordering on dangerous!
Just before Beaufort we took a right on the Faha Road which has a lovely sweeping climb. Once on the flat we have the typical old style quiet country style road, lined by trees and green fields. This then leads to the R 563 which is a straight but fast road to Milltown. On this stretch we really got the chain moving and made good time to Milltown. Once through the Milltown road works we found the lovely N 70 stretch to Castlemaine once more to our liking.
Then onto what has to be the Chain Gang’s “favourite” hill Knockbrack. Again everyone did it at their own pace, reaching the top in a respectable time. This was followed by the fast winding decent into Tralee.
So overall a great mornings cycle. It was nice the way the group bonded so well and hats off to the Leon on his first ride and to the guys back on their bikes after a good “rest”.