Mark Graham of @YearOfFestivals is cycling the Wild Atlantic Way on an ash racing bike made by woodelo.com.
Velocitylens linked in with him for two days in Kerry and this video shows some highlights of the first day. Cycling from Tralee to Dingle he detoured to the Maherees to see the real wild Atlantic and to sample some chowder in Spillanes pub. As the wind howled and the sun fought hard with the grey clouds the majestic Conor Pass was all that separated him from Dingle. It is the highest point on the entire route and this famous road climb is 6km long and rises at an average gradient of 6.5% so it was always going to be a stiff test on a bike weighted down with panniers. Still the top was crested and then the fun part followed. A fast and furious 7km descent to Dingle with a brief stop in The Dingle Brewing company to sample the refreshing Tom Crean beer before heading to the welcome embrace of Benners Hotel for dinner and a soft bed.
Bike touring in Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way is something that everybody should try. Whether it is for 3 or 33 days the one thing you will take away from the experience is that we are blessed with a wealth of beautiful places to see and things to do. Even on a short days cycling there were any number of detours to remote beaches, monuments and piers to lengthen the journey. Mark kept his days short for this very reason, so there was always lots of time for exploring.
The Ash frame of the Woodelo “Leaf Speed” suited the natural & wild surroundings on the slope of Conor Pass.