Originally Posted by AstraMonti
Tiny how did you find the route? Is it more difficult than the wicklow hills? If i remember correctly its around 150kms?
Hi, I'm not Tiny but I spend a lot of time in Kery and know the route very well.
Apart fro the distance (180km), the rute is reasonably flat. Only 2 clombs of note. (1) Coomakista between Waterville and Derrynane and Molls Gap from the Kenmare side.
Coomakista is short, but very manageable. Tough in parts, but nothing like any regular climbs in Wicklow. There are some real challeging climbs in Kerry, but not on the Ring of Kerry cycle.
Molls Gap is an 8KM drag up from Kenmare. Steep for last 500m.
If you are out in Wicklow regulalry, then you will have no problem on th ROK, provided you can do the distance.
I did it for the first time last year, on a cross bike with 32"knobbly tyres. Only training I did was out in Kildare. I got around just fine, (very tired, but fine).
Longest spin that I did before the ROK was 110km.
It is a great event, with incredible local support. There are people waving you on everywhere. By the end, yu will be sick from all of the cake sweets etc that you will consume. Massages n Caherciveen and Kenmare.
All you need is good weather (not guaranteed in Kerry).