With some of Ireland’s most beautiful and untamed scenery, 400 kilometres of rugged coastline and enticingly peaceful roads, what better way to explore County Kerry than by bike? Enthusiastic cyclists Donnacha Clifford and David Elton have joined forces to write the first guide to the best cycling routes the Kingdom has to offer. Cycling Kerry (The Collins Press, €14.99) is out now in all good bookshops and will be launched in O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Tralee, on Friday 7 April at 6pm. Tom Daly, cyclist, educator and author of The Rás, will be the guest speaker.
Both authors are based in Tralee where they are members of the Chain Gang Cycling Club and co-owners of KerryCycling.com. Clifford said, ‘There are some spectacular cycling routes in Kerry and we wanted to cover some of the most popular areas as well as roads that aren’t as well known to give a really broad range that will appeal to everyone.’
They have cycled extensively in Kerry – in the space of one year, Elton cycled to every town and village in Kerry, starting from Tralee each time.
Each route description is illustrated with colour maps, photos, a gradient graph and key facts and statistics. Information is provided on the natural landmarks and historical sites you’ll see along the way. With over 2,500km of road covered, the graded routes suit all abilities.
In a county famous for its climbs, some of the country’s most spectacular ascents, summit views and descents feature, including the Conor Pass and Ballaghbeama. Take a trip through majestic mountains and along wild seashores: a cycle in Kerry will take your breath away in every sense.
Donnacha Clifford, a software developer, is an outdoor enthusiast. He loves exploring the byways of his native Kerry by bike. The founder and co-owner of KerryCycling.com, he is a member of the Tralee-based Chain Gang Cycling Club.
David Elton has always been passionate about cycling. Since moving to Kerry, he has cycled to all of its towns and villages from home. A member of the Chain Gang Cycling Club, he is a co-owner of KerryCycling.com.
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