Tralee-Based Cyclists Write Guide To County’s Best Road Routes

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Tralee-based cyclists David Elton (left) and Donnacha Clifford who have written a book about the great cycling routes in Kerry.

TWO Tralee-based cyclists have joined forces to write the first guide to the best cycling routes the Kingdom has to offer.

Cycling Kerry – Great Road Routes (The Collins Press, €14.99) by Donnacha Clifford and David Elton is out now in all good bookshops and will be launched in O’Mahony’s Bookshop, Tralee, on Friday, April at 6pm.

Tom Daly, cyclist, educator and author of The Rás, will be the guest speaker.

“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,” said Donnacha Clifford.

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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.

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, 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

Cycling Kerry – Great Road Routes by Donnacha Clifford and David Elton is published by The Collins Press, price €14.99. It is available in all good bookshops and online from

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