Listowel -> Ballyduff -> Abbeydorney
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.
Leave Tralee and take the N69 in the direction of Listowel. There is a tough climb out of Tralee which lasts for approx 3.5 miles and reaches an elevation of 440 ft. After this initial effort however the road to Listowel is rolling and kind on the body after the initial ascent. Listowel is reached after 16 miles where the R553 road towards Ballybunion is taken. Just before Ballybunion there is a signpost for Ballyduff to the left, take it, with a approximately 4 miles to cycle until the village is reached.
Apart from the initial road out of Tralee the roads have been pretty rolling up until now, however from here they start to get tougher on the legs with a number of short and sharp climbs which can test the legs. The next village is Abbeydorney and when there follow the signpost for the return journey to Tralee. Only 5 miles to but 2.5 of those miles include a series of inclines which can slow you down to a snails pace. At the top a lovely freewheel back into Tralee town awaits you.
|Distance:||40 miles, 64 K|
|Elevation:||+ 1620 / – 1623 ft|
|Max Gradient:||9.2 %|
I always associate this cycle with winter training purely because my memory of it either involves the rain or the cold. Options to cut shortor or longer are available and recommened based on form and mood!