Gregans Castle, one of Irelands Blue Book Hotels, is situated on the lower slopes of the famous ‘Corkscrew hill’. With its well earned place amongst Irelands most iconic climbs, it has been a feature of many races such as The Ras, The Junior Tour, Ras na mBan, The Tour of Ireland and The Nissan Classic. […]
This is where online coverage and social media are hugely important. To capture the hearts and minds of young people and to encourage them to take up the beautiful sport of cycling they must have a steady stream of content available in the form that they are going to be accessing. Online video and live streaming may well hold the key to the continued development of cycling in Ireland and beyond.
The UCI Youtube channel is showing all of the action from every event at this years World Championships live here : Barry www.thecyclingblog.com
This past week I have had a new addition fitted to my bike. It is small and barely noticeable, but seven different people have asked me what the story is with the elastic band on my bars, so here it is : Lately, I have been doing quite a bit of travelling, staying overnight at […]
A fabulous part of Ireland that displays The Wild Atlantic Way at its best including the ascent and descent of The Healy Pass. Barry www.thecyclingblog.com
A glimmer of bright sunshine made its way into my room in The Kenmare Bay Hotel this morning giving hope of a bright day ahead. Being my final day the plan was to ride a short but scenic 24k loop before heading for home. A flat first section out the Sneem road, passing by school […]
Heading out the road towards Sneem from The Kenmare Bay hotel this morning I found bright orange and fifty shades of green leaves falling like snowflakes from the tunnel of trees overhead. Autumn had arrived. On any other morning I would have been disappointed at the lack of sunshine but today I was in Kerry, […]
Arriving at the Kenmare Bay Hotel this afternoon I had one eye looking up over the nearby mountains at a glimpse of blue beyond the clouds. The forecast was for the sun to make an appearance and combined with some spectacularly scenic cycling routes it was looking like the perfect day to get out and […]
They have no phones or watches to tell the time. Theirs is natures clock and you consider if you too are within this timezone. Then you remember that extra hour before bed spent surfing the net and your dream of being all at one with nature takes a knock.
Leaving the front of the Clifden Station house and passing through the small scenic town of Clifden you get a taste of why this quaint picturesque place is so popular with visitors from both home and abroad. Taking the Sky road out of town gives you another reason again. The road rises as soon as […]
Enjoy watching the experience of cycling from The Clifden Station House along The Wild Atlantic Way on yet another day when the sunshine is never ending. Barry www.thecyclingblog.com
Leaving The Clifden Station House this morning the sun was shining brightly and there was plenty of blue in the sky. The temperature was rising and I was in shorts and short sleeves. It turns out that September really is a perfect month for cycling in Ireland. Signposts for The Wild Atlantic Way (S) directed […]
I arrived at the Clifden Station House just after 3pm today and was itching to get out on the bike. This part of the country is truly unique and has so much to offer cyclists with spectacularly scenic roads and challenging climbs. The Sky road got its name in the early part of the last […]
The results are in, and thank you to the 581 people who took the time to submit their level of mechanical competence to the poll. Again the results are interesting, The largest single level of respondence was 78 people who can clean and lube their chain. Meaning that 133 people or 22.9% are just about […]
Instead of magnetic resistance they have reversed the process to develop a magnetic ‘assistance’ hub which is capable of adding between 5 and 10% to a riders effort.
I rushed my breakfast in The Celtic Ross Hotel this morning. It was delicious, but the sight of two swans gliding gracefully along the clear water as I looked out from my breakfast table made me impatient to get out on the bike and make the most of my last day in West Cork. I […]
Back at the hotel I bumped into a group of English motorists in some beautiful classic convertibles. They too had travelled along The Wild Atlantic Way today. Their total distance for the day was just over sixty one miles. I had travelled further on my bike
The results are in and after 24 hours thank you to all 348 people who took the time to submit their cycling groups average speed . 28 kph was the most popular answer chosen by 22.4% of respondents. 30 kph was next on 18.1% 29 kph followed closely on 11% This coincides with anecdotal evidence […]